Former England cricketer David Lloyd dissected Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling action and how it turns fruitful for the Ahmedabad-born player.
Bumrah became a regular member of the Indian team in 2016 with his consistency, bowling his sharp yorkers and bouncers to destabilise the opposition batters.
Jasprit Bumrah is that rare beast of international cricket: David Lloyd
Bumrah, who is leading India in absence of Rohit Sharma, has picked 306 international wickets from 157 matches across all formats. He dismissed England’s top order comprising Alex Lees, Zak Crawley and Ollie Pope to fold up the hosts’ innings at 284 on the third day of the rescheduled Test at Edgbaston.
“Jasprit Bumrah is that rare beast of international cricket – a fast-bowling captain. I can’t think of too many over the years – Bob Willis, Pat Cummins. Bumrah is high-quality and must be so awkward to face. His arms are stiff; the batsman doesn’t get a clear view of the ball due to the quirkiness of his action, and then he releases it at close to 90mph. He takes his wickets at spit,” Lloyd wrote in his column for Daily Mail.
Jasprit Bumrah’s world record with the bat in Test cricket
Bumrah also achieved a milestone with the bat after hammering England pacer Stuart Broad for 29 runs in the 84th over of the Indian innings. Broad made things worse by conceding a no-ball and five wides to end up bowling a 35-run over, the most expensive in the history of Test cricket.
Bumrah carted four boundaries and a couple of sixes in the destructive over to break the joint-highest record of Brian Lara and George Bailey to score most runs in an over in red-ball cricket. Both Lara (vs Robin Peterson in 2003) and Bailey (vs James Anderson in 2013) scored 28 runs in an over.
Bumrah is the joint-highest wicket-taker in the five-match series, with 21 wickets in five Tests he sits on the top with England pacer James Anderson and Ollie Robinson (only four Tests).