Jasprit Bumrah is one of the best in the world: Shane Bond


Over the years now, Jasprit Bumrah has been a pivotal cog of team India’s wheel. He has helped the team by providing breakthroughs in the crunch moments. Recently, his spell in the second innings of the fourth Test match against England fetched him praises from all around the cricketing fraternity. Former New Zealand pacer Shane Bond has also joined the list to heap praises on Bumrah.

In the fourth Test match, Bumrah not only fashioned India’s victory but also reached a personal milestone. He rewrote the history books by becoming the fastest Indian pacer to scalp 100 Test wickets. Shane Bond who has been working with the speedsters as a bowling coach at Mumbai Indians opened up on why Bumrah is a special bowler.

“We’ve had seven years together and you get to know someone pretty well. He was this wiry, scrawny kid who had just come off a knee reconstruction and didn’t play more than a couple of games in my first season (in the IPL). The next thing he’s playing for India and he’s now one of the best in the world,” Bond told Sportsmail.

Shane Bond speaks on Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling action

Bumrah picked up the wickets of Ollie Pope and Jonny Bairstow to strengthen India’s position and put the team in the driver’s seat in the fourth Test against England. After his incredible spell in the match, the experts and on-lookers brought up Bumrah’s bowling action into the limelight.

Bumrah‘s bowling style is regarded as unique and unorthodox. He doesn’t have a long run-up but is able to generate the required pace. Bond thus spoke on Bumrah’s action and stated how it has helped the pacer. He also added the reason why despite a short run-up, his pace isn’t compromised.

“He has these amazing supple wrists so he can move it around, which gives him the ability to swing the ball. His bowling position, most people deliver it here (Bond lifts his bowling hand up parallel with his ear), whereas he delivers it way out in front of him so the batsman has less time to adapt. That makes his bouncer so difficult to see. Most other bowlers will use a method that’s distinguishable – he just flicks the wrist and whammo, it’s on you. That’s why he hurries guys up,” Shane Bond added.