Former ace left-arm seamer Wasim Akram believes Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah shouldn’t burn himself out by featuring in English county cricket. Akram’s piece of advice comes along since the 26-year old is an indispensable part of India’s line-up in all three formats. This makes him more susceptible to exhaustion if he makes himself available for an English county deal.
It should be noted that Jasprit Bumrah hasn’t yet been part of any of the county sides as he is an integral part of Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. Having made his international debut in 2016, the Ahmedabad-born bowler has troubled the best with his uncanny bowling action. His ability to nail pin-point yorkers has made him the best prospect in the limited-overs and the longest version.
As far as Wasim Akram is concerned, Jasprit Bumrah must take it easy and not go after county cricket in haste, being a top-notch bowler. He believes that it is the young bowlers, who need to play more four-day matches from where they can make it to Test cricket.
“Cricket has become too much today. A guy like Jasprit Bumrah being a top bowler, India no.1, I would have suggested him to relax and not run after county cricket. Young players need to play more first class cricket from there they will learn bowling.” Akram said as quoted by sports.ndtv.com
Wasim Akram was unaware of his talent in the early days:
The 53-year old went on to rehash his days as a youngster when he remained clueless of his abilities. He used to listen to the likes of Javed Miandad, Imran Khan, and Mudassar Nazar talking about the talent he possesses. It was Imran Khan, who pointed out that his pace is deceptive and that Akram should work on swinging the ball.
“When I came in the team as an youngster I used to listen to Imran (Khan) bhai, Javed (Miandad) bhai, Mudassar Nazar that this kid has talent but that time I didn’t understand what they were trying to say. Then I asked Imran Khan and he said your pace is deceptive and swing the ball and then I started to work on those areas.” he stated.