Jasprit Bumrah, who made his international debut back in 2016, has been sensational ever since he has come into the Indian Test team. The fast bowler has claimed as many as 68 wickets in 14 Tests which includes five-wicket-hauls in South Africa, England, Australia, and West Indies.
He is also the only second Indian bowler to claim a hat-trick in Test match cricket; a feat that he achieved against the West Indies last year.
“It’s incredible, his rise through the ranks just out of probably IPL. It started there and he has just taken the world of cricket by storm.” Allan Border said.
“He has an unusual action, everyone thought he is going to struggle with injuries and things like that. He has had a little bit of a niggle of late.” he added.
“He is the real deal”- Allan Border on Jasprit Bumrah
Allan Border observed that Jasprit Bumrah is able to extract disconcerting bounce and pace via his unorthodox action. He also lauded the Indian coaches for not making any changes to his action.
“Bumrah is an interesting one, because he has the shuffling run-up to the crease and really just explodes out of the hand. He can get some serious pace too, he can go to 140-plus.” Allan Border said.
“He is the real deal, isn’t he. He just has the awkward action but he bowls at a good pace, so not the classical way of doing things. It is very much an Indian thing really, they just let the kids develop their own styles,” he said.
Border added that the whirlwind revolution in Indian cricket as far as the fast-bowling department has ensured that opposition teams’ no longer present them with green or pace-friendly pitches, given the fact that the former also has an attack that can make use of such conditions.
“India really needed to develop some fast bowlers, didn’t they. Every time they toured anywhere, they were presented with grassy pitches, pace-friendly pitches. So the days of playing three or four spinners are long gone.” he added.
Bumrah was the leading wicket-taker in the last series that India played in Australia and he will once again be crucial to India’s fortunes in the upcoming rubber.