Former Indian bowler Lakshmipathy Balaji has said this Jasprit Bumrah is a fast bowler in a generation and his leadership responsibilities were phenomenal.
Bumrah, who made his debut for India in 2016, is currently considered one of the best bowlers in the world. His ability to pick wickets and put pressure on the opposition with his counter-crushing yorkers made him one of the deadliest bowlers in the world.
Jasprit Bumrah is a once-in-a-generation fast bowler: Lakshmipathy Balaji
In the last four Test matches against England, Bumrah has scored 18 wickets, the highest among Indian bowlers, and he was just behind English matchmaker Ollie Robinson, whose score is 21.
Balaji said Bumrah is a rare bowler who maintains his dominance in the red ball as well as the white ball formats.
“Bumrah has made great progress in his Test career. He will play a bigger role in the future. The way he managed the white ball and the red ball was phenomenal to look at. Both skills are completely different. “Very rarely do you get a match from both the white ball cricket and the red ball cricket ball in excellent form,” Balaji told indiatoday.in.
“Bumrah is a one-time fast bowler. It is not easy to repeat Bumrah. This generation we are happy to see talents like Bumrah and (Mohammed) Shami, ”he added.
The way Jasprit Bumrah handled the responsibility of the team was phenomenal: Lakshmipathy Balaji
Bumrah not only leads the bowling attack for India but also has the same duty for his IPL franchise Mumbai Indians and Balaji said his ability to be responsible at a young age was phenomenal.
“Bumrah is an exceptional bowler. I not only see him as a skilled bowler, but he has leadership qualities. He carried responsibility very well at a very young age. “The way he handled the responsibility of the team was phenomenal,” said Balaji.
Balaji recognizes the Indian team management because he took care of the youngsters under their supervision and managed the fast bowlers very well.
‘You should definitely acknowledge the support staff. “We see that skills are a reflection of how we prepare, but what we do not see is the work that has been done to keep them fresh,” said Balaji.
‘For the past 2-3 years they have managed the fast bowlers well. Staying fit and not losing pace is an excellent skill in human management. They do not compromise on performance, ”he added.
After the victory at Oval against England, Bumrah jumps to ninth place on the ICC Test bowling rankings. In the second innings, he got the important wickets from Ollie Pope and Jonny Bairstow that helped India to England’s batting collapse when the hosts were bowled out for 210.
India won the fourth Test by 157 runs and took a 2-1 lead before the last Test in Manchester amid the COVID-19 scare in the Indian camp was canceled.