Former England cricketer Dominic Cork said that Indian bowler Jasprit Bumrah is a dream player for any captain.
In the recent four Test matches against England, Bumrah claimed 18 wickets, the highest among Indian bowlers and he was only behind England pacer Ollie Robinson, whose tally is 21.
In the second innings of the Oval Test, Bumrah got the important wickets of Ollie Pope and Jonny Bairstow that helped India to script England’s batting collapse as the hosts were bowled out for 210.
Jasprit Bumrah is that diamond which you want to have in your team all the time: Dominic Cork
Bumrah got the better of England skipper Joe Root in the Headingley Test where he kept the ball low while attempting to bowl an inswinger. Bumrah also got Root’s wicket at Lord’s that opened the gate for India to win the game in a thrilling manner.
Dominic Cork went on to praise the Indian fast bowler and said that Bumrah is enthusiastic to bowl longer spells and for any captain, he is a dream bowler.
“What Jasprit Bumrah brings is pace and also control. For a captain, he must be a dream. He wants to bowl and bowl long spell. He is a gem; that diamond which you want to have in your team all the time. Just look at how well he bowled to Joe Root. Root is in the form of his life but even he was struggling with those yorkers and that reverse swing,” Cork said on Sony Sports Network.
“When you’re the captain, you want control. Even when you’re looking for wickets, you want control because that then puts pressure on the batting side. When they are not rotating strike, things add up. Take nothing away from Jadeja – he exploited that rough and tightened things up from one end, but Bumrah was outstanding. I would go with all the bowlers. To bowl England out on that surface, they deserve a lot of accolades,” Cork added.
Jasprit Bumrah moves to ninth position in ICC Test rankings
After the victory at Oval against England, Bumrah jumped to the ninth spot in ICC Test Bowling Rankings. Bumrah had his share of controversy against his counterpart James Anderson during the Lord’s Test as the England bowler was unhappy with the speed the Indian pacer was bowling at him.