Stuart Broad said a bowler of Jasprit Bumrah’s quality would bother any batsman.©AFP
Former England pacer Stuart Broad heaped praise on India vice-captain Jasprit Bumrah after his exploits with the ball on Day 2 of the second Test in Visakhapatnam. Bumrah returned figures of 6/45 as India bowled out England for 253 in the first innings to take a 143-run lead on the second day. He dismissed Joe Root, Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Tom Hartley and teammate James Anderson respectively on a spin-friendly track. Talking about his duel with Root, Broad emphasized that a bowler of Bumrah’s quality would upset any batsman in the world, let alone the former England captain.
For the record, Bumrah dismissed Root for the eighth time in Test cricket. He set a perfect trap for the batsman, bowling a series of swingers, before surprising him with a ball that went wide of the stumps.
“If someone as good as Joe Root regularly struggles with a particular bowler, you can bet your bottom dollar that every batsman on the Test scene will. Jasprit Bumrah has a unique action and there is no doubt that India are a much better team with He is an incredible Twenty20 bowler, but as evidenced by his record of 152 wickets at just 20.28 runs each, he is even more effective in Test cricket. Statistically, he is up there with the best to have played this game.” Broad wrote in his column daily mail.
Broad suggested that playing Bumrah is like facing former Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga, especially due to his “round arm” action, which makes him even more difficult to read.
“Facing him is not like facing anyone else in the world and I used to hate him. Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga, with his round-arm delivery, had that point of difference with him and Bumrah has something similar in that his deliveries are incredibly difficult to pick up. “Because he jogs from a very calm, short, shuffling run, he generates no real energy and therefore there is no real preparation for the ball suddenly coming to you on the striker’s side. It can be very disconcerting.” , he added.
Bumrah’s six-wicket spell made him the fastest Indian pacer to reach the 150-wicket milestone.
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