Ahead of India’s almost 2-month long series against Australia, former New Zealand pacer Shane Bond has termed India pacer Jasprit Bumrah as the “best fast bowler in the world”. Bond, who is Bumrah’s bowling coach at Mumbai Indians, has highlighted that the 26-year-old has the desire to continue as the “best” in the business.
Further, Shane Bond explained the way the Indian speedster functions. He said that Bumrah’s run-up is short but his last few steps are fast which helps him in generating the pace which is shocking to the batsmen sometimes. The 45-year-old added that Bumrah’s ability to move the ball both ways is his other massive trait.
“He has a desire to continue to be the best bowler in the world. I think he is. I think he is the best fast bowler. He is a gun.
“He doesn’t run in fast. He sort of trots in and then the last few steps he really accelerates. He, obviously, has those straight arms which are a bit different. But for a guy that is not that big and doesn’t run in too fast, he has got good acceleration and he is genuinely quick.
“I think that sometimes that can shock you as a batter. But the other thing is he has the ability to shift the ball both ways.” Shane Bond told ‘The Sydney Morning Herald’.
Jasprit Bumrah a bit like Courtney Walsh
Joe Dawes, the former Queensland fast bowler and one-time Indian bowling coach, said that Japsrit Bumrah’s bouncer was one of the hardest deliveries to face.
Dawes compared that Jasprit Bumrah’s release point to that of West Indies great Courtney Walsh. The New Zealander said that Bumrah makes the ball come in with vertical seam and then on the very next delivery he makes the ball go straight by getting it to hit the seam.
“He is always coming in at you … a bit like Courtney Walsh, [his release is] just pass the vertical, coming in at you, then he gets one to hit the seam and hold its line. It makes it really hard to play,” Dawes said.
“As a right hander, if the ball is always coming in at you, and he gets his line right, there aren’t many places to go. You duck or you lean back. Especially if it’s skidding, it’s hard work.”
Jasprit Bumrah scalped 21 wickets, joint-highest alongside Nathan Lyon, during India’s last Test tour in Australia in 2018-19.