Former legendary West Indies fast bowler Curtly Ambrose says he is a “big fan” of Indian spearhead pacer, Jasprit Bumrah.
Curtly Ambrose reckons Bumrah’s immaculate effectiveness and an outlier bowling run-up and action make him unique. He also praised the factory of pacers emerging from India in recent years.
Bumrah has had a meteoric rise in international cricket and in little time he became the talisman of the Indian bowling attack across formats. Indeed, he has taken the Test arena by storm picking up 83 wickets in just 19 Tests at an average of 22.10; he is also India’s second-highest wicket-taker in T2oIs.
“India’s got a few good fast bowlers. I’m a big fan of Jasprit Bumrah. He’s so different than any bowler I have seen. He’s so effective and I’m looking forward to him doing really well,” Curtly Ambrose said on The Curtly & Karishma Show on YouTube.
As long as he can remain fit and play long enough, he’ll go the distance: Curtly Ambrose
When asked if Bumrah can make it to 400 Test scalps, Curtly Ambrose, who finished with 405 Test wickets at 20.99, opines that Bumrah has the capability to go the distance, but he has to keep his body fit for playing for a long time.
The 57-year-old points out that Bumrah has a short run-up and even in that he loads his delivery at the end while nearing the crease, which puts a lot of strain on his body.
“He is as long as he can remain healthy, fit and play long enough. He can seam the ball, swing the ball and bowl great yorkers. He’s got a lot in his arsenal. So as long as he can remain on the park for a long period of time, I’m sure he can get up there. You know in terms of fast bowling, it’s generally about rhythm. So, you need to build a good rhythm before you can deliver.
“Bumrah has got a very short run up. He walks most of the way and maybe one to two or three jogs before delivery.
“So, it simply means he may be putting a little more strain in his body but if he can remain strong enough, I think he’ll be ok. It’s just about him staying strong to accompany that short run up. If he can do that, he’ll go the distance,” Curtly Ambrose elucidated.
After the postponement of the IPL 2021, Jasprit Bumrah will now be seen in action in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand on June 18th in Southampton.