Shoaib Akhtar Heaped Praises On Jasprit Bumrah’s Smart Bowling: India’s sensational bowler Jasprit Bumrah is regarded as one of the best around the world. Over the years, he has become the backbone of the Indian bowling line-up. Despite having a peculiar bowling action, Bumrah has inspired many with his inspiring journey.
Recently, former Pakistani cricketer, Shoaib Akhtar was all praises for Jasprit Bumrah and called him the “smartest fast bowler” in contemporary cricket. As per Akhtar, Bumrah has learned the art of deceiving rival batsmen in the air, something which was a secret of success for many Pakistani greats. He said:
“He (Bumrah) is probably India’s first fast bowler, who checks the wind speed and wind direction rather than how much grass has been left on the track. This thing used to be the art of Pakistanis, we used to know how you could play with the wind,”
Shoaib Akhtar then gave an example of how Wasim Akram and Waqar and Akhtar used to read the wind speeds during their heydays. He revealed:
“We used to actually (do that), me, Wasim bhai and Waqar bhai, we used to note the wind speed and direction, look the wind is blowing from that corridor, okay I might get reverse from that end. We knew mechanics and aero dynamics of fast bowling, how much swing and at what time of the day. This is my assumption that Bumrah knows these sort of things which I hardly think other fast bowlers know these sort of things,”
As per Shoaib Akhtar, Jasprit Bumrah is the smartest operator after Mohammed Asif and Mohammed Aamir in terms of intelligence. He said:
“In Bumrah’s world, in those five seconds, he only visualises the batsman and thinks about his art of taking wickets.”
“He is a great character. He will be the most unusual but great fast bowler if fitness permits. If his back remains okay, he will play for a long time.”