Ricky Ponting predicted that Jasprit Bumrah will be the leading wicket-taker in the T20 World Cup 2024, praising his consistent performance and ability to bowl challenging overs effectively.

The T20 World Cup 2024, co-hosted by the USA and the West Indies, kicks off on June 2, featuring the world’s best teams. Among the favorites is India, and former Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting has praised Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah. Ponting predicts Bumrah will be the leading wicket-taker, citing his outstanding IPL season and consistent performance.

“My leading wicket-taker for the tournament will be Jasprit Bumrah; I just think an outstanding performer, and contributor for a number of years now. He’s just come off an outstanding IPL. What he can do with the new ball, he swings the new ball, he has the seam up. But at the end, his economy rate at the end of the IPL was less than seven runs an over,” Ponting told the ICC.

“He takes wickets. He does bowl a lot of the hard overs too. When you bowl the hard overs in T20 cricket, it gives you a chance to pick up a lot of wickets along the way. So, I’m going with him,” he added. 

The DC coach experienced firsthand, the brilliance of Jasprit Bumrah during their match against Mumbai Indians (MI). MI set a target of 235, and despite Delhi Capitals’ efforts, they fell short at 205/8. Bumrah’s impressive figures of 2/22 included dismissing Prithvi Shaw, who had scored a rapid 66 off 40 balls.

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Additionally, Ponting predicted Australian star Travis Head will be the highest run-scorer in the T20 World Cup. He praised Head’s recent form in both red-ball and white-ball cricket, highlighting his fearless approach and strong IPL performances.

“My prediction for the leading run-scorer will be Travis Head, I just think everything he’s done, whether it be red-ball or white-ball in the last couple of years, has been of the highest quality. I think he’s playing fearless cricket at the moment,” Ponting concluded.

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Last Updated on May 30, 2024

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