Gautam Gambhir, former Indian opening batsman has attributed pacer Jasprit Bumrah’s instant impact in red-ball cricket to the quality he possesses and not the awkward action which makes him deceptive.
Jasprit Bumrah has completed a highly successful three years in Test cricket since making his debut against South Africa in January 2018. He had made T20I and ODI debuts earlier in January, 2016.
Gautam Gambhir: Jasprit Bumrah’s Success Is Due To Sort Of Quality And Skill Possessed By Him
In the recent episode of the Star Sports show Cricket Connected, Gautam Gambhir was asked about the standout factor for the huge impact Jasprit Bumrah has made in red-ball cricket where he picked 79 scalps in 17 games. The former Indian opener responded that his success is because of the talent and skills that he possesses.
Gautam Gambhir also cited the example of West Indies spinner Sunil Narine, who had played under his leadership for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), while talking about the pacer’s awkward action.
“Quality, a lot of people might have said that his action makes him quite deceptive but that is not the case. When Sunil Narine came, he was also labelled a mystery bowler but that is not the case.”
Gautam Gambhir highlighted that it does not take long for a bowler’s action to be deciphered and it is only his skills that can help him succeed over a long period of time.
“The mystery gets solved sometime or the other, you get used to player’s action when you keep on playing him but it is the sort of quality and skill Jasprit Bumrah has. Jasprit Bumrah never lets you get relaxed”
He led the Indian attack ably in the three matches of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy so far in the absence of pacers Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav in most of the matches. He picked 11 wickets averaging 29.36 in 3 Tests in 2020-21.
Jasprit Bumrah’s likely absence from the final 4th Test of the ongoing Test series against Australia due to an abdominal strain will be a big blow to the Indian team’s hopes of winning the series for the 2nd time Down Under after they tasted success for the first time in 2018-19 tour.
Gautam Gambhir: Jasprit Bumrah Can Cause Trouble For Even Set Batsmen
Gautam Gambhir pointed out that Jasprit Bumrah can cause trouble for a batsman even when he is well set, much like how Australian Pat Cummins, England’s Jofra Archer and teammate Mohammed Shami do often.
“He is probably the only bowler in world cricket, I can probably think of one or two other bowlers like Pat Cummins or Jofra Archer and Mohammed Shami, when he bowls with the red ball that the batsman is never set,” Gautam gambhir stated.
Gautam Gambhir also added that a batsman can never be at ease while facing Jasprit Bumrah as he has the ability to outsmart him even without the new ball.
“He can bowl a delivery, even if you are batting on 200 runs against a 70-over old ball, which can get you out caught behind. And he never lets you get relaxed. Very few bowlers have this quality.”
Jasprit Bumrah had a meteoric rise in international cricket and has quickly assumed the role of India’s premier spearhead seamer across different formats of the game. The Gujarat pacer has accounted for 79 wickets in the 17 Test matches he has played.