Having worked closely with him in the IPL, former New Zealand fast and Mumbai Indians bowling coach Shane Bond is convinced that Jasprit Bumrah is the best fast bowler in the world. Bond, for whom this is not the first time to praise Bumrah, explained that the combination of several serious things, coupled with the desire to be head and shoulder above others, is what makes Bumrah the best in the world.
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“He has a desire to continue to be the best bowler in the world. I think that he is. I think he’s the best fast bowler. It’s a gun, ”Bond said of Bumrah by the Sydney Morning Herald.
Being considered the world’s best fast bowler takes a lot of hard work, especially when your peers are Pat Cummins, Kagiso Rabada, Trent Boult, Mitchell Starc, Mohammed Shami, among others. But you would think Bumrah deserves the label given what he has accomplished just four years after his international career. Since making his test debut in early 2018, Bumrah has become the only Asian bowler to perform a five-wicket transport to South Africa, England and Australia. Last year it became India’s fastest 50-wicket pacemaker.
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And besides, the fact that he excelled with his unorthodox acting is one of the factors that makes Bumrah special, Bond believes.
“He hadn’t played yet and people say, ‘Is he going to be good?’ There’s been a lot of talk about his acting and that he would get hurt and that sort of thing. He is certainly unorthodox in the way his actions present themselves. He’s got a short delivery stride, but he’s got a strong, braced front leg, he’s got a flexible wrist and obviously he’s playing fast and can move the ball and he’s very, very skilled, ”said Bond.
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“He also has this very strong belief in himself. Sometimes you meet players and work with players who don’t have that. With him, it’s definitely not like that. He has an air of confidence in his own game.
Speaking of his acting, Bond feels that even after four years, there is an element of surprise about Bumrah and his bowling alley. “He doesn’t run fast. He sort of trots and then the last few steps he really accelerates. He, of course, has these right arms which are a little different. But for a guy who’s not that big and who doesn’t run too fast, he has good acceleration and he’s really fast, ”he explained.
“I think sometimes it can shock you as a hitter. But the other thing is that he has the ability to move the ball back and forth.