Former India batsman Sachin Tendulkar has said India pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah will be causing a lot of problems for the opposition in the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019. Bumrah has become one of the best if not the best bowlers in the world across format. It does not matter whether the conditions are suitable for pacers or not, Bumrah, the number one ranked ODI bowler, rarely disappoints. He picks crucial wickets and manages to keep the batsmen under check with his wide array of variations.
Not surprisingly, many feel the Gujarat pacer will be India’s trump-card in the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019.
Bumrah, who had arrived at the international scene as a limited-overs specialist, also showcased how dangerous he is in Test cricket. He made his Test debut during the tour of South Africa last year and has not looked back. Bumrah had rattled Australia and led India to a historic 2-1 Test series win at their own backyard, finishing the series as the highest wicket-taker with 21 scalps to his name. He finished the year with 49 Test wickets and remarkably all came outside India. He also made it to the ICC Test Team of the Year in his maiden season in whites at the highest level.
But while Bumrah’s success in Tests has surprised many, Tendulkar is not surprised.
“I am not surprised by Bumrah’s success. Having spent time with him and seen his sincere and honest efforts to improve and learn, I always knew it was a matter of time before he would rattle the best batsmen in the world,” Sachin Tendulkar told Sportstar.
“I have seen from close quarters how he looks to improve. In 2015, I had seen his ability to win a battle. With Kane Williamson in batting, I had said Bumrah would make his mark. I am happy he has.
“His action and deceptive bowling, plus the consistency to take wickets, make him a dangerous bowler. He knows how to execute his plans. Bumrah will be a big threat to the opposition and a great asset to India at the World Cup,” added the legendary batsman.
Bumrah, meanwhile, is currently taking rest away from international cricket. He did not play in the ODIs against Australia and New Zealand and is likely to return to action for the home series against Australia.