Shane Bond shares why Bumrah is one of the finest pacers at present

The cricket rules are often said to be in favour of the batsmen, However, there are exemplary bowlers namely Pat Cummins, Trent Boult, Mitchell Starc, Kagiso Rabada. They all continue to trouble the batters. Shane Bond, who has worked closely with Jasprit Bumrah, while he was the bowling of Mumbai Indians. The former New Zealand star pacer has often praised Bumrah for his success at the International stage.

“He has a desire to continue to be the best bowler in the world. I think he is. I think he is the best fast bowler. He is a gun,” Bond was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald about Bumrah.

The Indian pacer became the only Asian bowler to take a five-wicket haul in South Africa, England and Australia.

In 2019, he became the fastest Indian pacer to take 50 wickets in just 2524 balls. Bumrah’s unusual action is one the reasons why he is successful reckons Bond.

“He has also got that very strong belief in himself. Sometimes you meet players and work with players that don’t have that. With him, it’s not like that. He has an air of confidence about his own game.”

Talking about Bumrah’s unorthodox action, Bond feels that even after years, there is a surprise element about Bumrah and his bowling. “He doesn’t run in fast. He sort of trots in and then the last few steps he really accelerates. He, obviously, has those straight arms which are a bit different. But for a guy that is not that big and doesn’t run in too fast, he has got good acceleration and he is genuinely quick,” he described.

“I think that sometimes that can shock you as a batter. But the other thing is he has the ability to shift the ball both ways.” 

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