Jasprit Bumrah can become India’s greatest fast bowler, says Anil Kumble
The Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah was at its best belligerent against the West Indies as it proceeded to annihilate the hitters. In the recently concluded two-match series between India and the West Indies, Bumrah managed to cut 13 wickets.
Anil Kumble on Jasprit Bumrah says that I think he’s a fantastic cricketer, you know for a kid who got into the Mumbai Indians at the IPL when I was part of it until now, he just grew up in stature, grown in his skill set, is much stronger, more fit and has added a bit of pace.
Speaking about Bumrah bowling ability
What was intriguing and what was to see was its ability to swing the ball away from the right or the left-handed coming back. I think that’s lethal to me. Bumrah can do that all the time. When you return, there is a natural angle with the batter on the right. If you can take the ball away from him, what he did in the series, we know what he could do. Jasprit Bumrah could defeat the opposition in less than five or six overs, and that’s The skill that Bumrah has, and I think India is blessed to have someone like him.”
During the first test against West Indies, Jasprit Bumrah become the fastest Indian bowler to take 50 test wickets, and in the second test, he was able to make a hat-trick, becoming the third Indian to achieve the feat in the longest format of the game after Harbhajan Singh and Irfan Pathan.
Kumble also asked if he sees the shadows of a great fast bowler in Bumrah. In the face of this, he said: “Well, I certainly think he has all the credentials to become a great bowler, and he’s already the number one bowler in all three formats. I mean, if you look at the consistency you’ve shown. In all three formats, India relies heavily on Bumrah.”
“So, yes, you certainly have the quality to continue and become the fastest bowler in India. I think it’s something he has and you can see those shadows early in his career. He’s only 25 years old, so he’s got a long way to go, and you know it’s wonderful to see the kind of performances he’s prepared,” Kumble added.
The pacemaker was able to win the player of the series award for his performance against Windies. Bumrah had recorded figures of 5/7 in the first Test and managed to invent a 27/6 bowling spell in the second Test.