World Cup: Jasprit Bumrah will get the job done for Virat Kohli, says Andy Bichel

NEW DELHI: Former Australia pacer and a member of the 2003 World Cup winning Aussie team Andy Bichel has heaped praise on Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah, saying the 25-year-old has all the weapons in his arsenal to play a pivotal role for India in the ongoing World Cup in England and Wales. The Virat Kohli-led Team India will kick off their World Cup campaign on June 5 against South Africa in Southampton.
In his 67-match ODI career, Bichel played eight matches against India and, interestingly, he dismissed four of India’s greatest players of all time – Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly.
Nicknamed Bic, the former Australian pacer dismissed Dravid twice in his ODI career, while sending Tendulkar, Laxman and Ganguly back once each.
In an interview with Timesofindia.com, Bichel spoke about Bumrah’s role, Virat Kohli the captain, the World Cup 2003 final against India and much more.
Excerpts:
You were the part of the Australian World Cup winning team in 2003. What was that experience like?
AB: The 2003 World cup was a memorable journey. It will always remain close to me heart and of course top of all the memories. We had a great team. With a captain like Ricky Ponting, allrounder Andrew Symonds and pace stars Glenn McGrath and Brett Lee, we had a superb team who went on to lift the Cup.
What is your favourite World Cup moment?
Will the 2019 edition end up being a World Cup of all-rounders?
AB: World Cup is totally a different ball game. It is not easy to handle pressure in a World Cup. A small team can stun a big team and spoil their chances. Despite you have good batting track or bowling wicket, you can’t predict what will happen. All-rounders always have had an upper hand in the World Cup. If they fail with the bat, they can come up with some wicket-taking overs. If they fail with the ball, they can contribute with decent knocks.
Many former cricketers feel India have a very good pace attack with Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the side. What is you take?
AB: The way Shami and Bumrah have performed in the IPL, it is commendable. They are wonderful bowlers. Bumrah is pumped up because he has done amazing for Mumbai Indians and took them to the title win. I just want him to remain fit. He really compliments the other two (Shami and Bhuvneshwar). He will get the job done for Virat Kohli. India should just focus on his fitness. If he is fit, he can do wonders for India in the World Cup.
What is your take on Virat Kohli the batsman and Virat Kohli the captain?