Leader of the Indian fast bowling attack Ishant Sharma has picked Jasprit Bumrah to play the longest amongst the current crop of India fast bowlers. Ishant will be playing his 100th Test match if he steps onto the field against England in the upcoming third Test match at the Motera stadium in Ahmedabad.
Jasprit Bumrah has fast become the world’s leading pacer and the go-to man for Indian captain Virat Kohli in all formats of the game. Though he is yet to show his real colors in the ongoing Test series against England, as he played in the first Test in Chennai and was rested for the second Test at the same venue.
The Way He (Jasprit Bumrah) Grooms The Other Pacers Will Be Very Important: Ishant Sharma
Veteran pacer Ishant Sharma has opined that the Mumbai Indians fast bowler will play for the longest among the current crop of Indian pacers in the international arena. He also said that the Gujarat pacer needs to lead the way for the youngsters at the Indian camp.
“If there is someone who will play for the longest among the current crop of pacers, then he will be Jasprit Bumrah. He has to lead the way for the youngsters. The way he grooms the other pacers will be very important,” Ishant said in a virtual press conference ahead of the pink-ball Test at the Motera.
“Each bowler has a different role in the team. If you tell Saini to bowl at one place only and if you tell Siraj to consistently bowl at 140 kmph, you are not doing justice to their skills. So you need to understand the strength of each bowler and back it accordingly,” Ishant added.
Ishant Sharma currently has 302 Test wickets in 99 matches thus far. If and when he plays his 100th Test match, he will be only the second Indian fast bowler to do so after Kapil Dev (131). Ishant had made his Test debut in 2007 against Bangladesh and came to the fore after bowling an amazing spell against Ricky Ponting at Perth Test in 2008.