Australia’s captain Aaron Finch, on Sunday, says he had nightmares during India’s 2018 tour when Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah gave spectacular performances.
The pacers during the tour were taking his wicket for fun. Finch failed to find his rhythm in the opening innings across all three formats during the series, as he tried navigating Bhuvneshwar’s inswinging deliveries.
Finch made the revelation in Amazon’s recently released docu-series titled ‘The Test.’ According to Australia’s white-ball captain, he woke up in a cold sweat, knowing that Bhuvneshwar had cleaned him out on a number of occasions with the ball swinging back towards the wickets.
The Indian pacer had taken four wickets against Finch in the six-match limited-overs series, with three coming from the three ODIs and one from the T20I.
Finch, who usually dread facing the seamer said he would wake up at night thinking about facing Bumrah again the next day as the seamer continued to get him out for fun.
He also said that there were times he woke up at midnight thinking about getting out because of Bumrah.
Apart from not taking enough wickets against New Zealand during India’s last tour, Bumrah had an unprecedented summer. He won the Border Gavaskar Trophy 3-1, which is India’s first-ever Test series win on Australian soil. They followed their performance up with a 2-1 victory in the ODIs, while the T20 series was a 1-1 draw.
Bumrah, who is one of the top bowlers for India, showed his mettle against the Aussies by helping India write their name in the history book. The pacer showed the stuff he is made of by emerging the joint highest wicket-taker in the four-match series, with 21 wickets scalp.
The eight-part Test series showed Australia’s journey of redemption from the 2018 ball-tampering scandal to a successful defense of the Ashes.
There was also behind-the-scenes footage of Australia’s first-ever Test series loss to India on home soil and the World Cup semi-final exit in the series.
Written by: Oladipupo Mojeed