Shane Bond, the former New Zealand fast bowler, who is also the bowling coach of Mumbai Indians is highly impressed with the Indian sensational bowler Jasprit Bumrah and feels that he is the best fast bowler around the world lately.
Well, this isn’t the first time that Shane Bond was all praises for Jasprit Bumrah. Recently, he was quoted by the Sydney Morning Herald as he explained the combination which makes Bumrah the best in the world. He said:
“He has a desire to continue to be the best bowler in the world. I think he is. I think he is the best fast bowler. He is a gun.”
Jasprit Bumrah is regarded as the best fast bowler in the world. Ever since he made his Test debut in the year 2018, Jasprit became the only bowler to take a five-wicket haul in South Africa, England and Australia. Last year, he went on to become the fastest Indian bowler to take 50 Test wickets.
Furthermore, Shane Bond further reckoned that Jasprit’s unorthodox action is one of the factors that makes him special. He said:
“He hadn’t played yet and people say: ‘Will he be any good?’ There was a lot of talk about his action and that he will get injured and this sort of stuff. He is certainly unorthodox in the way his actions looks. He has a short delivery stride but he has got a strong, braced front leg, he has a supple wrist and, obviously, bowls fast and can move the ball around and is very, very skilled,”
“He has also got that very strong belief in himself. Sometimes you meet players and work with players that don’t have that. With him, it’s definitely not like that. He has an air of confidence about his own game.”
Jasprit Bumrah has achieved a lot in just four years into his international career, however, even after all this time, Shane Bond claimed that there is a surprise element about Bumrah and his bowling. He said:
“He doesn’t run in fast. He sort of trots in and then the last few steps he really accelerates. He, obviously, has those straight arms which are a bit different. But for a guy that is not that big and doesn’t run in too fast, he has got good acceleration and he is genuinely quick,”
“I think that sometimes that can shock you as a batter. But the other thing is he has the ability to shift the ball both ways.”