Legendary India batsman, Sachin Tendulkar heaps rich praises for Jasprit Bumrah as the pacer continues to astonish everyone in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar series. Bumrah has vaulted ranks in Test cricket like no other Indian pacer had: Making his Test debut in 2018, in less than three years, playing just 14 Tests before the Australia series – none at home yet – and Bumrah has emerged as the spearhead of the Indian bowling attack.
In 16 Tests hitherto, the Ahmedabad-born seamer has picked 76 wickets – including a hattrick – at a fabulous average of 20. Tendulkar, who has worked with Bumrah as a mentor during the IPL for the Mumbai Indians, opines that the pacer takes responsibility and thrives under pressure.
“In the fast bowling department, Bumrah as the leader of the attack has taken more responsibility and whenever the chips are down, he has pushed himself harder. That’s the sign of a champion bowler,” Sachin Tendulkar told PTI.
Siraj did not appear like a debutant: Sachin Tendulkar
The batting maestro lauded debutant, Mohammed Siraj’s bowling efforts in the second Test. Siraj picked 5 wickets – dismissing Australia’s top-scorers in both innings – which makes Tendulkar say the youngster bowled with maturity. Tendulkar observed that Siraj executed his plans well.
The 47-year-old also made observations on Ajinkya Rahane’s match-winning ton, which allowed India to level the series. Tendulkar, who featured in 200 Tests for his country, pointed out that Rahane was patient in his approach; he treated good balls with respect and punished the bad deliveries. The former opener is impressed by Rahane’s approach – ‘intent’ is the word he used. Rahane will lead the side in the third Test in Sydney which commences on 7th January.
“Let’s also not forget how Siraj has also bowled. It did not appear to me that he was playing his first Test match. The way he bowled his first over and then built it up gradually but never did it look that he was playing his first match. The plans were well thought out. He executed it well,” Tendulkar added.
“He (Ajinkya Rahane) did not miss opportunities when a boundary ball was there. And when one had to be patient, he was patient. The intent was very good,” said the legendary batsman.