Former New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond called India pacer Jasprit Bumrah one of the best in the world after the fast bowler’s stunning performance in the five-match Test series against England in the UK, which puts India ahead 2-1 while awaiting the final result of the series.
During the Test series, Bumrah became the fastest Indian fast bowler to 100 Test wickets, a milestone he reached in his 24ste Test match, which improved the record of the great Kapil Dev. his period in the second innings of the fourth Test match against England garnered him praise from all over the cricket fraternity, and his bowling coach in Mumbai India, Shane Bond, was one of them.
“We had seven years together and you get to know someone well. He was an avid, skinny kid who had just come off a knee reconstruction and in my first season (in the IPL) had played no more than a few games. “The next thing he plays for India, and he is now one of the best in the world.” Bond told Sportsmail.
Shane Bond reveals why Jasprit Bumrah’s unique actions make his bouncers so deceptive
The fourth Test match between England and India, played at the Oval, saw the visitors crush the hosts by 157 runs on the final day of the match. That was after India made a big comeback after losing the third Test in Leeds by an innings and 76 runs in which he was bowled out for 78 runs in the 1st.st turns.
Bumrah secured the win for India by catching the wickets of Ollie Pope and Jonny Bairstow in the afternoon lunch on day five, while England tried to chase 368 to win. He bowled both batsmen with a strong pass, especially Bairstow, who was bowled with a yorker.
The Gujarat right-hander was criticized for his 10-ball at the Lord’s Test to James Anderson, in which the veteran Englishman was peppered with some short balls and bouncers.
Shane Bond, who worked closely with him in the MI camp over Bumrah’s bouncers, acknowledged his flexible pulse and unique action for making him deceitful in fooling batsmen.
‘He has these amazingly flexible wrists so he can move them, which gives him the ball. His bowling position, most people deliver it here (Bond lifts his bowling hand parallel to his ear) while he sticks it out in front of him so the batsman has less time to adjust. This makes its bouncer so hard to see. Most other bowlers will use a distinctive method – he just slaps his wrist and whammo, it’s up to you. That’s why he hurries guys, “ Shane Bond added.
Bumrah will be seen in action on September 19 when Mumbai Indians take on the Chennai Super Kings in the opening match of the second half of the IPL 2021 in the UAE.