Lasith Malinga Wants Jasprit Bumrah to Play Test Cricket for a Substantial Period
Team India speedster Jasprit Bumrah has been an exceptional limited overs bowler for the Men in Blue for the last year and a half.
Due to his consistent performances, Bumrah got included in the Test squad for the South African tour. However, despite his inclusion, India couldn’t evade a 2-1 series defeat. But he was pretty impressive bagging 14 wickets in three encounters. He earned praises for several quarters and made life difficult for the South African batters.
However, Bumrah is well aware of the fact that he has to be fit to continue playing the rigors format. In the past, there have been several bowlers who moved out from this format owing to injury issues.
Lasith Malinga is a prominent face among them. He moved out from the rigours of Test cricket way back in 2011. He had a long-standing injury to his right knee.
Malinga Doesn’t Want Bumrah to Fade Away in Test Cricket
Malinga wants his one-time Mumbai Indians teammate to play Test cricket for a substantial amount of time.
“Now he is in the Test team; I am really happy that he got a five-wicket haul in South Africa. This means he has now arrived in world cricket. I want him to play, maybe, another ten years, without any injuries. I want him to play consistently for India,” Malinga was quoted as saying by the Hindustan Times.
Malinga also lauded Bumrah for his ability to hold his nerves in crunch situations.
“He has experience, he knows (how to handle) pressure, so many people at the Wankhede Stadium are cheering (for him). He has played with so many good players; he bowls in those challenging periods. He has learned a lot, and that is why he has achieved what he has,” Malinga added.
Both Bumrah and Malinga have unorthodox actions. Malinga was the king of Yorkers and well disguised slower deliveries during his heydays. However, now the place has been taken by Bumrah in such a short while.
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