Jasprit Bumrah has become one of the best pacers in the world in a short span of time. He has led India to wins across formats in international cricket. The right-arm pacer was at his best in the fourth Test against England where he changed the course of a match in India’s favour in just one over. Former New Zealand pacer Shane Bond has praised the Indian bowler.
In the fourth match of the series, he also became the fastest Indian pacer to scalp 100 Test wickets.
Shane Bond revealed why Bumrah is a special bowler.
“We’ve had seven years together and you get to know someone pretty well. He was this wiry, scrawny kid who had just come off a knee reconstruction and didn’t play more than a couple of games in my first season (in the IPL). The next thing he’s playing for India and he’s now one of the best in the world,” Bond told Sportsmail.
Bond also spoke about Bumrah’s action which has worked in favour of the pacer. Despite a short run-up, his pace isn’t compromised.
“He has these amazing supple wrists so he can move it around, which gives him the ability to swing the ball. His bowling position, most people deliver it here (Bond lifts his bowling hand up parallel with his ear), whereas he delivers it way out in front of him so the batsman has less time to adapt. That makes his bouncer so difficult to see. Most other bowlers will use a method that’s distinguishable – he just flicks the wrist and whammo, it’s on you. That’s why he hurries guys up,” Shane Bond added.