Former Indian legendary fast bowler Javagal Srinath has offered big compliment to Jasprit Bumrah, calling him the best Indian pacer he has ever seen. Bumrah is the fastest Indian bowler to get to 100 test wickets overseas.
Bumrah has got 106 test wickets in his career so far and it’s remarkable that out of those 106, only 4 have come on the Indian turf. He has got his remaining 102 wickets in overseas test matches.
Javagal Srinath is himself in the category of great Indian fast bowlers and has got more than 200 test wickets to his name, but according to Srinath, Bumrah is better than him because he has got every single skill that a complete fast bowler needs to have and he has also got the ability to adapt himself according to conditions.
Srinath is awestruck by the fact that when Bumrah plays in West Indies, it seems as if he is brought up as a cricketer in West Indies and knows exactly the length that is needed to be bowled on West Indies pitches and then when he plays in South Africa, it seems as if he is brought up in South Africa. Everywhere he goes, he seems to be already used to the conditions.
Javagal Srinath is very impressed by the complete package of Bumrah
The overall skillset of Bumrah has impressed Javagal Srinath a lot. In Srinath’s view, which he expressed while talking to Indian Express, Bumrah has got everything. He can get the ball to hold its line, he can get the ball to seam in, he can get the ball to seam away, he can push the batsman on the backfoot with bouncers and he can slip in a fast yorker anytime. There is just no escape for a batsman while Bumrah is in the middle of a spell.
Bumrah’s ability to set a batsman up was on the forefront in the recent Centurion test match where he wonderfully set up South Africa’s no. 4 Rassie Van der Dussen in the fag end of day 4. After straightening a few to to RVD from the same area and the same angle, Bumrah got one to cut back sharply into the right hander and RVD was clean bowled trying to leave that delivery for the wicketkeeper to collect.
The partnership of Dean Elgar and RVD was becoming a bit of a concern for India, but RVD’s dismissal put India firmly back on the driver’s seat again.