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Sunday, 18 October 2020 | PNS

boom’s Willingness to improve

Mumbai Indians' bowling coach Shane Bond heaped praise on Jasprit Bumrah, saying the India fast bowler's desire to improve makes him one of the best fast bowlers in the world. Bumrah is one of the world's premier fast bowlers currently, having led the India attack in their first-ever Test series win in Australia in 2018-19. “It's been fun, always loved working with Booms (Bumrah), six years now,” said Bond in a video on Mumbai's pace attack posted by MI on Twitter. “The thing I love about Jasprit is his willingness to want to improve. He's turned up in this series (IPL 2020), he has got another different ball in his armoury and when you're seeing it from a player who's self-motivated, doing things in the background to make himself better, then there's no surprise to me that he's one of the best fast bowlers in the world.”

Don't bat in practice pants

Mumbai Indians' opening batsman and wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock put up a perfect performance with the bat on Friday night, scoring a 44-ball 78 to lead his team to an eight-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders. But if you ask team head coach Mahela Jayawardene, his show on the batting crease wasn't exactly perfect. In a video released by the Mumbai Indians on Twitter, the former Sri Lanka batsman is seen telling De Kock to avoid batting in practice pants which the South African did on Friday.  “Apart from Quinny going and batting with his practice pants, everything else was pretty decent,” he said during a post-match pep talk in the team camp, leaving others in splits. “Ok, so don't do that again because the marketing guys are going nuts, people went nuts as well. If it works, it works but we'll sort something else,” he said to De Kock. De Kock had to lower his jersey during the innings to hide the orange strip on the practice pants.

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