There can't be a bigger X-factor than Bumrah: Pathan

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah is a proven match-winner. File photo: AFP

New Delhi: Former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan believes that there cannot be a bigger X-factor than pacer Jasprit Bumrah in India's bowling line-up for the T20 World Cup.

"According to me in terms of bowling, there is only one X-factor and that is Jasprit Bumrah. There can't be a bigger X-factor than Bumrah in any other team," Pathan said on the Star Sports show Follow the Blues.

Cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir too supported Pathan's statement, saying: "Reckon that K L Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Varun Chakravarthy and probably an X- factor, which will be Jasprit Bumrah."

On Monday, Team India got off to a winning start in their new kits as they defeated England by seven wickets in their opening T20 World Cup warm-up game.

Bumrah scalped one wicket giving away 26 runs in his four overs, while pacer Mohammed Shami took three wickets in the match. Rahul (51 off 24) and Ishan Kishan (46-ball 70) hammered scintillating fifties.

The Virat Kohli-led side will play one more warm-up game against Australia on Wednesday, before commencing their campaign against Pakistan on Sunday.

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