T20 WC: USA's Anderson admits respect for Bumrah

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | June 12, 2024 IST

Corey Anderson

New Delhi, June 12: They were teammates in Indian Premier League (IPL), sweating for Mumbai Indians. They would be playing against each other on Wednesday in a Group A match of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024

But prior to the India-USA match, former Kiwi all-rounder Corey Anderson, who is now playing for the USA, stated that he has respect and a soft spot for Indian pace spearhead and his former MI mate Jasprit Bumrah.

The USA star Anderson revealed his feelings for Bumrah before the India-USA clash at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium. Anderson’s fondness for Bumrah stems from their shared history during the MI days. 

Reflecting on those days, Anderson recalled how Bumrah, then a raw and promising talent, has now ascended to become one of the world’s premier bowlers.

 “I've got a bit of a soft spot for Bumrah,” Anderson told Star Sports. “I think I was at Mumbai when he was first introduced to MI, and watching him develop from this raw natural talent to one of the best bowlers in the world has been amazing. It's cool to see that progress throughout because you see the things they talk about early in their careers, and how they gain experience. To watch him reach his potential is awesome.”

Despite the USA entering the tournament as clear underdogs, they have captured the hearts of cricket fans with their remarkable performances, securing victories against Canada and Pakistan in Group A.

The win against Pakistan, in particular, was a nail-biting super-over thriller, with Indian-origin players like pacer Saurabh Netravalkar delivering match-winning performances. This success has only added to the anticipation surrounding their match against India.

Anderson, who has played extensively in the IPL alongside legends like Rohit Sharma and later Virat Kohli at RCB, is excited about the upcoming encounter with Bumrah. “We’re obviously going to come up against him, and he can do some serious damage. I think it’s going to be extremely exciting to face him as well,” Anderson added.

Bumrah has been in scintillating form, taking five wickets in two matches, and his presence is expected to be a significant challenge for the USA. Meanwhile, Anderson has yet to showcase his batting prowess in the tournament, but his experience and familiarity with Indian conditions could prove invaluable. (With IANS support)

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