Courtney Walsh, formed West Indian fast-bowling spearhead and the first bowler to breach the 500-wicket barrier in Test match cricket, feels that Jasprit Bumrah has the potential to reach the height attained by the duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad, provided he stays fit.
Both Stuart Broad and James Anderson impinged themselves in the pantheon of fast bowling after they breached the 500 and 600-wicket barrier this summer.
And, Courtney Walsh thinks that Jasprit Bumrah, who has had a whirlwind start to his Test career, can have similar success in all formats of the game, adding that his hunger for success will eventually decide where he ends up.
“He has the potential to reach where Anderson and Broad have. He is a very skilful bowler. He has a funny run-up that people might want to change. But it is what is best for him. If he stays fit, he could make his mark in a big way in all formats. It is just about how hungry he is to achieve success,” Courtney Walsh told Times of India.
“It is a fantastic achievement”- Courtney Walsh on James Anderson crossing the 600 Test wicket mark
Recently, James Anderson achieved a rare feat of becoming the first fast bowler in the history of the game to claim 600 wickets in the longest format of the game.
Courtney Walsh was full of praise for the 39-year-old, adding that Anderson’s achievement is a testimony of his hard work, grit, toil and hunger to succeed.
“It is a fantastic achievement. It is a monumental effort for any fast bowler to play as much as you need to for taking 500 or 600 wickets. It just shows the hard work and dedication that Anderson has put in over the years. He truly deserves every accolade he gets. The fact that he still wants to play and aim for 700 wickets is tremendous,” Courtney Walsh added.
He also reckoned that one of the major reasons why James Anderson has been able to achieve continued success is because of his bowling action, which is not as stressful on his body and also because of the consistency that he has added to his game as far as execution of skills is concerned.
”Once you get to know your bowling action, it will help you to survive and play for many years. Anderson is not as quick as he used to be when he was younger, but his skill sets have gotten better. He has more consistency. That is what you need. The smoothness of his action and the minimal effort it takes out of his body have allowed him to prolong his career for so long. He has an action that is not stressful on the body.” Courtney Walsh reckoned.