Zaheer Khan gobsmacked by Jasprit Bumrah, says this about the Indian pacer

Published - 23 Jun 2024, 01:00 PM | Updated - 23 Jun 2024, 01:03 PM

Zaheer Khan and Jasprit Bumrah
Zaheer Khan and Jasprit Bumrah (Credits: X)

Zaheer Khan praised Jasprit Bumrah for his incredible comeback after a prolonged back injury for which he also underwent surgery in 2023. 

Jasprit Bumrah was put through the test by the Doctors in New Zealand on 8th March 2023, months before the start of the 50-over Asia Cup. The right-arm fast bowler's first assignment, after the recovery, was in Ireland where he captained the Indian side and guided them to a 2-0 T20I series win. 

He was then directly integrated into the ODI side, which was preparing for the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka as well as the Cricket World Cup on home soil. In both competitions, Jasprit Bumrah played a pivotal role in India's back-to-back appearances in finals. But while Rohit Sharma's side won the Continental Cup in Colombo, CWC 2023 was lost in Ahmedabad to Australia.  

But all the eyes are still on Jasprit Bumrah, who is the frontline bowler of the Indian bowling unit. He leads the way like nobody does in the game at the moment. Absolutely nothing for the batsmen to grab except deadly yorkers with some in-swings out-swings and trademark off-cutters. 

Jasprit Bumrah is currently the most economical bowler in the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 with a run-leaking rate of just 3.42 and an average of 6.50. An economy of less than 4 is more than just beneficial for a team and at times such bowlers can change the complexion of a game with a snap. 

The right-arm pacer has 10 wickets in the tournament so far with left-arm seamer Arshdeep Singh being the 3rd highest wicket-taker with 12. Afghanistan's Fazalhaq Farooqi leads the chart with 15 wickets to his name from just 6 matches in the ICC T20 WC in USA & West Indies. Aussie leg-spinner Adam Zampa is 2nd with 13 wickets to his name 

Zaheer Khan reveals the real reason behind Jasprit Bumrah's success in white-ball cricket

While speaking to Cricbuzz yesterday, 2011 ODI WC winner Zaheer Khan revealed the real reason behind Jasprit Bumrah's success in shorter formats. Zaheer claimed that Bumrah's exposure to plenty of Test cricket has helped him stay in shape and maintain his rhythm.

In more than one way, Jasprit Bumrah's love of red-ball cricket has paid off. Zaheer Khan also claimed that India's 5-match Test series against England at home was very beneficial for Bumrah. He had played 4 Test matches and had notable contributions to the home team's 4-1 win. 

Zaheer Khan also highlighted how Jasprit Bumrah was able to stage a comeback after the recurring back injury which saw him miss a few events. The transformation that we are seeing in Bumrah's white-ball career, is a reflection of his hard work in the longest format of the game. 

That he has been able to continue playing matches without any such concern is the result of Bumrah's consistency. He kept playing matches for the Indian team from June 2023 and it's been a year since he last complained of any niggle or injury. 

"What I like about him is the approach which he has to play Test cricket. It's something which has helped him immensely. The England series, he played 4 Test matches and he was in terrific rhythm, coming off the back of an injury how do you get to peak fitness? Is only by playing matches." - Zaheer Khan told Cricbuzz.

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