During their domination era, the West Indies pacers were formidable. One of their top pacers, Sir Curtly Ambrose, has highly praised the Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah. The 55-year-old feels that the complete bowler Bumrah could have been one of their team members.
Since his international debut in January 2016, Jasprit Bumrah has gradually dominated in world cricket. He has played 111 international matches and hardly shown his off form. In his international career, the right-arm pacer has taken 209 wickets.
As a pace bowler, Jasprit Bumrah is famous for his unorthodox bowling action. Apart from his accurate yorker deliveries, Bumrah is also very good with his line and lengths and varieties.
After making his Test debut in January 2018, Bumrah has become more dangerous with the ball in hand.
Bumrah has played 11 Tests, 58 ODIs and 42 T20Is where he has picked up 55, 103 and 51 wickets respectively. He is currently the no.1-ranked ODI bowler. Recently, he also became the fastest Indian pacer to complete 50 Test wickets.
The legendary Caribbean pacer Sir Curtly Ambrose has lauded this powerful Indian pacer.
Ambrose told the Indian Express, “He’s good at varying his lengths, depending on the surfaces and batsmen. I saw that in the World Cup, how he adjusted (and altered) his lengths according to the conditions and batsmen. That makes life difficult for batsmen.”
In the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, Jasprit Bumrah was the leading wicket-taker for India. He took 18 wickets in nine matches of that tournament (average 20.61) with an impressive economy rate of 4.41.
Jasprit Bumrah reminds me a bit of Courtney Walsh a bit – Sir Curtly Ambrose
Sir Curtly Ambrose further added that Bumrah reminded him his long-time pace bowling partner Courtney Walsh.
Ambrose claimed, “(In this regard), he reminds me a bit of Courtney (Walsh) a bit. He was wonderful in sizing up the length and bowling accordingly.”
While Walsh is the most Test wicket-taker for Windies, Ambrose is the second most Test wicket-taker for this side. Walsh took 519 wickets in 132 Tests, and Ambrose managed 405 wickets in 98 Tests.
Ambrose has called Bumrah as the complete bowler. The Caribbean legend believes that the Indian pacer could have played in any era, including a member of the great Caribbean pace-bowling line-up.
Ambrose added, “At times, he rekindles memories of our prime. The pace, aggression, the hostility, the craft. The way he outclasses the batsmen, the way he out-thinks them. He could have been one of us, he’s so complete a bowler that he could have played in any era.”
Not only Sir Curtly Ambrose, but the entire world cricket is also praising the 25-year-old Indian pacer.