Pacers have got us excited once again: Harsha Bhogle | Cricket News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Renowned commentator Harsha Bhogle expressed his excitement at fast bowlers making life difficult for batsmen in the middle in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League.
In his column for the Times of India, Bhogle wrote, “I have enjoyed watching the quicks bowl this year. You don’t always get to say that but Kagiso Rabada and Jofra Archer and Pat Cummins are getting us all excited again. I so loved watching Rajasthan play Kolkata and see fast bowling not just respected again but even a bit feared.”
In the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals, Archer (2/18) hit the deck hard and clocked the fastest delivery of the tournament (152.1 kph) in a fiery spell, taking two key wickets of KKR — in-form opener Shubman Gill and skipper Dinesh Karthik. Star Australian pacer Pat Cummins (1/19 from 3 overs) dismissed Steve Smith (3) as the Royals crumbled on a tricky run chase to suffer their first defeat after two successive wins.
“Archer’s first spell was 2-4 from 3 overs and the people manning the speed gun must have thought they were back in Test cricket. It was wonderful to watch, especially since he seems to just slip into 150 kmph. Then Kolkata decided that Pat Cummins must do what he does best; take the new ball and steam in. That passage of play with Cummins bowling quick to Steve Smith was what cricket was all about. Friends and teammates, now rivals. One seeking to carve the other into strange spaces on the ground, the other retaliating by running in even harder. Cummins won it but he also won a battle for new ball bowlers in the power play,” Bhogle added.
In the match between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab, Jasprit Bumrah castled in-form Mayank Agarwal (25) in the fifth over. Sheldon Cottrell came up with tidy figures of 1/20 though for a lost cause.
“Then Jasprit Bumrah steamed in to Mayank Agarwal whose batting has been both, spectacular and easy on the eye. Bumrah has blown hot and cold so far but when he blows hot, he is a sight to behold. He knocked over a quality batsman in top form with proper pace. No fooling around with slower balls and loopy bouncers and wide yorkers. No. This was fast bowling and to behold it in T20 cricket was to relish the beauty of our game. A little earlier, Sheldon Cottrell had bowled the dream left hander’s delivery. It started leg stump to the left handed Quinton de Kock and nipped past the outside edge to hit middle and off. Like with Bumrah to Agarwal, you see this with a red ball. Not with the white one where swing is a blink and miss affair,” Bhogle opined.
But Bhogle lamented the fact that bowlers look to stem the flow of runs and not keep going for wickets towards the end of the innings when the batsmen are going all guns blazing.
“Sadly by the time you get to the back end of the game, either the ball has lost its spice, or the bowlers have started looking at damage control again and runs are flowing more freely than ever before. And I think we are starting to see two different games within a T20 match. We thought it was a tapassized portion of 50 over cricket but it now has two very distinct halves. Every year this tournament shows us something new,” Bhogle signed off.

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