Jasprit Bumrah, India and Mumbai Indians fast bowler, has impinged himself as one of the leading all-format bowlers of the modern era and he has done that through sheer grit, persistence, tenacity, and the unrelenting desire to be the best in the business.
And, this has now been echoed by his bowling coach at the Mumbai Indians and former New Zealand speedster, Shane Bond, who has worked closely with him since his initial days in the Indian Premier League.
Hailing Bumrah as the best bowler in the world, Shane Bond, in a recent interview with Sydney Morning Herald, said that the champion pacer an ‘air of confidence’ in his own game; something that distinguishes him from the rest of the pack.
Bumrah, despite a slow start to his IPL 2020 campaign, finished as the leading wicket-taker  for his franchise, post which Bond had said that he was privileged to work with a bowler like him.
“He has a desire to continue to be the best bowler in the world. I think he is. I think he is the best fast bowler. He is a gun,” Shane Bond was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald about Bumrah.
“He has also got that very strong belief in himself. Sometimes you meet players and work with players that don’t have that. With him, it’s definitely not like that. He has an air of confidence about his own game.” he added
‘He has got good acceleration and he is genuinely quick’- Shane Bond on Jasprit Bumrah
When Jasprit Bumrah first burst on the scene, there were a lot of apprehensions about whether the fast bowler will last for a long period of time, especially in Test cricket, due to unorthodox action. Bond went on to explain the technical nitty-gritty that has led to the fast bowler shrugged off all those doubts thus far.
“He hadn’t played yet and people say: ‘Will he be any good?’ There was a lot of talk about his action and that he will get injured and this sort of stuff. He is certainly unorthodox in the way his actions looks. He has a short delivery stride but he has got a strong, braced front leg, he has a supple wrist and, obviously, bowls fast and can move the ball around and is very, very skilled,” Bond said.
“He doesn’t run in fast. He sort of trots in and then the last few steps he really accelerates. He, obviously, has those straight arms which are a bit different. But for a guy that is not that big and doesn’t run in too fast, he has got good acceleration and he is genuinely quick,” Shane Bond explained.
“I think that sometimes that can shock you as a batter. But the other thing is he has the ability to shift the ball both ways.” he signed off.