Salman Butt has compared Jasprit Bumrah’s role in the Indian team to that of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis of Pakistan. He also compared the Indian pacer to a Ferrari and advised the team management to use him wisely.
Bumrah has been India’s pace spearhead over the last few years and will play an important role in the upcoming World Test Championship final against New Zealand and a five-match Test series against England.
“In simple words, he is not a Toyota or a Corolla. Bowlers like him are of the caliber of Ferrari, Lamborghini the big end cars, the special event cars. With such bowlers, you need to ensure you use them judiciously. With him, you have to select the occasions and conditions properly. And when you do that, you increase your timeline with him. The more he is used in valuable matches, the better output he will give. Bumrah is unique and at the moment, he is one of the best,” Butt said on his YouTube channel.
He has represented India in 19 Tests, 67 ODIs, and 50 T20Is and has accumulated 83, 108, and 59 wickets respectively.
“Bumrah is the one the captain turns to. If you look at Rohit Sharma, he mostly makes him bowl one over at the beginning and saves him for the last six overs. Why? Because the captain trusts him that if the opposition needs to get 30-40 off them, in Bumrah’s over, he won’t let you get the runs and pick up wickets too,” Butt added.
“His worth in the Indian team is what Wasim and Waqar’s was for Pakistan. They did not allow 30-40 runs to be scored with five wickets remaining. They would get them out. Bumrah has that quality that wins India matches in the end; his dot ball percentage is great, has great control over his yorkers. He can deceive in his action, slower ball, and the quick bouncer. He is a priceless asset for his team and captain.”