Former India captain and legendary leg-spinner, Anil Kumble is impressed by the pacer Jasprit Bumrah’s imitation of his action. On Saturday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) uploaded a video in which Jasprit Bumrah is seen bowling leg-spin and emulating Anil Kumble’s action.
The video went viral soon and Anil Kumble himself responded to it. The 50-year-old feels that Bumrah came pretty close to his own bowling action. Further, Kumble lauds Bumrah for his burgeoning rise in international cricket.
The former coach says that the pacer is an inspiration and young fast bowlers are copying his action – Bumrah has a quite rare slingy action with a short run-up which once made people, especially former players, question his longevity.
Well, till now the Gujarat-born seamer has fared handsomely – he has snared 246 wickets in a 5-year international career – and was instrumental in India’s both Test series triumph in Australia.
“Well done Boom. Pretty close. You are an inspiration to the next generation of young fast bowlers who are imitating your style. Best wishes for the upcoming series,” Anil Kumble tweeted.
Well done Boom. Pretty close ??. You are an inspiration to the next generation of young fast bowlers who are imitating your style. Best wishes for the upcoming series.
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) January 31, 2021
Jasprit Bumrah gears up for his maiden Test on Indian soil
Jasprit Bumrah is set to make his maiden appearance in Test cricket in his home country when India host England for a 4-match Test series commencing on 5th February. The first two Tests will be played in Chennai and the next couple of encounters in Ahmedabad, Bumrah’s home city.
The right-arm pacer has played six Test series hitherto- all outside Asia. He has 79 scalps, including a hat-trick against West Indies, in 17 Tests at a world-class average of 21.59.
While the playing conditions in Chennai will be spin-friendly, Bumrah and Indian pacers will enjoy bowling on the pitch at the Motera Stadium – in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy the pitches have shown a good amount of movement and bounce. The third Test against England will be a day-night affair and will be played with the pink-ball.