Former Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar believes pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah has become India’s most reliable bowler. Bumrah contributed with both bat and ball in both of India’s wins against England in the recently concluded series.
He was touted to be out-of-form after the World Test Championship (WTC) final. However, he shot back in no time, picking up a fifer in the first Test at Trent Bridge. Speaking on the 27-year-old pacer, Gavaskar said on Sony Sports Network:
“He is a very clever bowler. He is somebody who looks to get better than yesterday – be it his bowling or his batting. Look at the way he applied himself and hit those runs when India came to bat.”
“And as a fielder too, he is looking to get better. So he is that kind of cricketer whom you can rely on. You throw the ball at him in crunch situations and he’d say ‘ok, I’ll do it for you’.”
Sunil Gavaskar feels Jasprit Bumrah’s white-ball expertise helps in the Test format
On Day 5 at The Oval, Bumrah produced a reverse-swing masterclass. After Ravindra Jadeja had roughed up the ball from one end, the Mumbai Indians pacer wreaked havoc with the old ball. He got Jonny Bairstow and Ollie Pope in one of the best spells of the year.
“You see him with the white-ball, see him in the white-ball format, how they do it in the IPL and even the 50-overs game, there are few masters. When it comes to the red ball, it becomes that much easier.”
“The seam stays hard and intact longer, the shine on one side is a lot brighter than it is on the white ball, and therefore there is a lot more opportunity to generate reverse swing,” Sunil Gavaskar mentioned.
Jasprit Bumrah’s next focus will be the second half of the IPL 2021 in the UAE. It will then be followed by the all-important T20 World Cup at the same venue.