‘Bumrah has the Best and Most Effective Yorker in World Cricket – Wasim Akram
Jasprit Bumrah has evolved by leaps and bounds in international cricket. Having made his international debut in early 2016; Bumrah is now number one in the ICC rankings for bowlers in ODIs. However, Pakistan bowling great, Wasim Akram has shared high praise for the India pacer. Calling him someone with the best and most effective yorker in world cricket; Akram lauded Bumrah while talking to PTI.
Bumrah will be the difference-maker in WC – Wasim
Termed as the greatest left-arm fast bowler of all times, Wasim Akram had a close look at Bumrah’s rise. In 2018, the pacer made his Test debut against South Africa in Centurion. In nine Tests played in the past year, Jasprit Bumrah had picked 48 wickets; clinching two five-wicket hauls.
Taking note of Bumrah, Wasim Akram said his action is his X-factor. He further added Bumrah is a lot different from the other bowlers and the way he gets the swing and drifts off the pitch is excellent.
“Jasprit Bumrah has the best and the most effective yorker among fast bowlers playing international cricket now,” Akram told PTI.
“Bumrah has an exceptional action, very different from other fast bowlers and yet he gets the ball to swing and also move off the deck at good pace,” he said.
Tennis balls help to perfect Yorkers – Akram
The ex-Pakistan captain added bowling with Tennis balls helps to improve the Yorkers; the way Waqar Younis did, Bumrah has followed the path.
“But what makes Bumrah special is his ability to bowl yorkers on a regular basis. Also yorker is not just used for ODIs but for Test matches too as me and Waqar did in our times. If you see, whether it’s me coming from Pakistan or Bumrah coming from India, we are all products of tennis ball cricket,”
Moreover, he lauded the India National Cricket Team for winning a Test series in Australia. Under Virat Kohli, India did the unthinkable, becoming the first Asia team to conquer the Aussies at their home. Not only India retained the Border-Gavaskar trophy, but they also won their maiden bilateral series in Australia (2-1).
“It’s a huge achievement to win a Test series in Australia. I don’t subscribe to the view that this is a weakened Australian side. Let’s not take away any credit from Virat and his boys. The kind of consistency they have shown is indeed a big deal,” said Akram.
Comparisons with Kohli is not fair, reckons Wasim
There has been this norm in Pakistan, which stats a young talent who seems to do well in the domestic circuit; gets compared with Virat Kohli, only to see the method getting failed. On the same, Akram had Pakistan known about the issue; it would have occurred in the first go.
“Had we known what the problem is, wouldn’t we have addressed the issue?”
Later, the legendary figure in world cricket, Akram praised Kohli; saying the India National Cricket Team captain is in a different league of himself.
“On a serious note, it is Virat’s mindset that makes all the difference. When I mean mindset, it also includes off the field preparation also.” Akram added.
“Awareness about all the worldly things, what needs to be done to become the best in the world and it’s not just about having the perfect technique. It is about having a perfect mindset. He is one of the most popular cricketers in Pakistan,” he concluded.
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