Allan Donald
Allan Donald. (Photo: Getty Images)

One of the greatest pacers of the game, Allan Donald has shared his reaction on seeing Indian pace sensation Jasprit Bumrah bowling for the first time and praised the Indian pace superstar for becoming the leader of the team’s pace attack in such a short period of time.

Furthermore, Donald, who was known as the white-lightening during his playing days for his ability to bowl at the speed of light, rated Bumrah among the top two pacers in the world at the moment and termed the 28-year-old as a great across formats.

“Two blokes who I would keep at the top across all formats are (Kagiso) Rabada and Bumrah. But the one who would stand out in terms of all formats is Bumrah. His adaptability to all formats is just crazy and everyone talks about him. He has sublime skills in all formats of the game,” Donald told The Telegraph.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah (Image Credit: Twitter)

“I was watching him bowl the other day. Especially how he delivers the ball after a stuttering run-up and releases the ball is simply crazy. He has got a magnificent wrist turn-over that no one else has presently in the game. It just can’t go wrong for him,” he added.

Bumrah currently has 113 wickets in Tests, 108 scalps in ODIs, and 66 T20I wickets to his name, having made his India ODI and T20I debut in 2016 and Test debut in 2018.

An Absolute Gun For Me In All Formats: Allan Donald On Jasprit Bumrah

Allan Donald was one of the most feared fast bowlers of his time and helped the Proteas become the team to beat when they re-entered the cricket arena in 1991 after 22 years of a boycott due to apartheid.

Donald who played for South Africa from 1991 to 2003, ended his career with 330 Test wickets in 72 matches and 272 wickets in 164 ODIs. The right-handed pacer called Bumrah an all format great, pinpointing his ability to bowl yorkers at will in any of the three formats.

Jasprit Bumrah. Photo- Getty
Jasprit Bumrah. Photo- Getty

“His ability to bowl yorkers any time in all formats also stands out. He also knows when to bowl that yorker in Test cricket. He’s an absolute gun for me in all formats. “I don’t think I’ve seen such steel in a young fast bowler. When he first came on to the scene, I thought, ‘Wow! This guy has got real pace’. And now, he’s one guy whom I would always have in my team across formats,” Donald said.

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