Jasprit Bumrah Generating Pace from Short Run-Up Still Amazes Me - Ian Bishop
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Jasprit Bumrah Generating Pace from Short Run-Up Still Amazes Me – Ian Bishop

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Jasprit Bumrah is redefining some of the game’s traditions. History of the game tells that the fast bowlers with long run-ups were generally quick. The likes of Michael Holding, Shoaib Akhtar, Jeff Thomson, Dennis Lillee, Malcolm Marshall, and many more had long run-ups, which helped them in generating high speed. However, India’s fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah is the opposite of this theory and it amazes former West Indies bowler Ian Bishop.

Bumrah has a stuttering action and he starts his run-up with few jumps. The right-arm pacer has a short run-up and he puts a lot of effort in the last few delivery strides. Bumrah takes one jump before catapulting the thunderbolts and one wonders from where he finds the impetus to generate that kind of pace. The Gujarat pacer generally bowls in excess of 140 km/h. Bumrah has an awkward action and it is not easy to pick him.

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Jasprit Bumrah. Credits: BCCI

Jasprit Bumrah is the best in the business.

In fact, the pace is not the only armor in Bumrah’s rich repertoire. He combines the pace with his deadly accuracy, which helps him in breathing down the neck of the world-class batsmen. Bumrah makes a lot of effort in the last few seconds of his action.

“I grew up on the history of the game and coming through, I had this whole concept of a fast bowler as someone with a long flowing run; someone like Wes Hall, Sir Richard Hadlee, Dennis Lillee, the Marshalls, the Holdings, so on and so forth. And Jasprit is exactly the opposite: it is stuttering, short-run,” Bishop told Cricbuzz.

“Until today, I’m amazed as to where the pace comes from. And he has got a serious skill set. The way he swung the ball in the Caribbean, for example, and the way he can up his pace and still apply control to it.

Ian Bishop, Jasprit Bumrah
Ian Bishop. Action Images via Reuters

Jasprit Bumrah has got a bright future.

Bumrah has had a great start to his Test career. The gun pacer has worked on his fitness which has helped him in reaping rewards for the side. The ace paceman is mostly right on the money with his line and length and it is not easy to score against him. Bumrah has taken 68 wickets in 14 Test matches at an average of 19.73.

Bumrah has an accurate yorker under his belt and he is one of the best death bowlers in the world. The 25-year will look to keep getting better with experience and he has all the skills to go a long way in his career.

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