Curtly Ambrose Is A "Big Fan" Of Rare Breed Jasprit Bumrah
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Curtly Ambrose Is A “Big Fan” Of Rare Breed Jasprit Bumrah

India's Jasprit Bumrah in action during the 2019 ICC World Cup | AFP / Dibyangshu Sarkar
India's Jasprit Bumrah in action during the 2019 ICC World Cup | AFP / Dibyangshu Sarkar

Curtly Ambrose showered Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah with praises, admitting that he’s a fan of the pacer and that he comes across a rare breed.

Discussion on pacers isn’t complete without the mention of the great Sir Curtly Ambrose. As the West Indies fast bowling spearhead from the late 1980s until 2000, Curtly Ambrose achieved great success and his partnership with Courtney Walsh made the duo one of the most lethal opening bowling pairs of all time. With 405 Test wickets and 225 scalps in ODIs, Curtly Ambrose is a legend when it comes to fast bowlers.

Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose
Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose was one of the deadliest bowling partnerships in history (Reuters)

Curtly Ambrose Is A Big Fan Of Jasprit Bumrah And He Looks Forward To Him Doing Well In Future Endeavors

Curtly Ambrose, one of the best of his generation, has spoken about one of the greats of today’s era, Jasprit Bumrah. In a conversation with sports presenter Karishma Kotak and senior sports journalist Vikrant Gupta, the West Indian praised Jasprit Bumrah, admitting that he’s a fan of the India pacer and that he comes across a rare breed.

“India’s got a few good fast bowlers. I’m a big fan of Jasprit Bumrah. He’s so different than any bowler I have seen. He’s so effective and I’m looking forward to him doing really well,” Ambrose said on The Curtly & Karishma Show on YouTube.

Jasprit Bumrah (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP)
Jasprit Bumrah (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP)

Curtly Ambrose sounded optimistic when asked if Jasprit Bumrah can go on to pick 400 Test scalps but pointed out that remaining fit and keeping his body strong will be key to the India pacer getting there.

“He is as long as he can remain healthy, fit, and play long enough. He can seam the ball, swing the ball, and bowl great yorkers. He’s got a lot in his arsenal. So as long as he can remain in the park for a long period of time, I’m sure he can get up there,” Ambrose explained.

Not too long ago, Michael Holding, the former West Indies fast bowler, had remarked that Jasprit Bumrah’s action will make it difficult for him to last long in international cricket, an opinion that did not go down too well with Indian cricket fans.

Curtly Ambrose Feels Jasprit Bumrah  Can Go The Distance If He Stays Strong To Accompany Short Run-up

However, Curtly Ambrose, on the other hand, feels the India quick will need to really manage his body well because of his action, in order to scale the 400-wicket mark.

“You know in terms of fast bowling, it’s generally about rhythm. So, you need to build a good rhythm before you can deliver. Bumrah has got a very short run-up. He walks most of the way and maybe one to two or three jogs before delivery.

“So, it simply means he may be putting a little more strain on his body but if he can remain strong enough, I think he’ll be ok. It’s just about him staying strong to accompany that short run-up. If he can do that, he’ll go the distance,” Curtly Ambrose added.

India's Jasprit Bumrah
India’s Jasprit Bumrah (Photo by Saeed KHAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Curtly Ambrose, who took 405 wickets in 98 Tests at an outstanding average of 20.99, said from the current Indian lot, Jasprit Bumrah has impressed him the most. Jasprit Bumrah has 83 wickets from 19 Tests averaging 22.11 besides having 108 ODI and 59 T20I wickets.

Jasprit Bumrah was rested from the five-match T20I series against England, which incidentally was played in his hometown Ahmedabad, and the India fast bowler missed the three-match ODI series that followed too. After the third Test against England last week, he was also released from the Test squad for “personal reasons”.

His last ODI appearance was in December 2020 against Australia and T20I against New Zealand in February 2020. He finished the 4 match Test series against England with 4 wickets from 48 overs bowled across the two Tests.

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