The fiery English batsman, Jonny Bairstow was seen showering praises on the Indian fast bowler, Jasprit Bumrah ahead of the Lord’s Test. Bairstow reckons that Bumrah has always had ‘amazing skills’ to perform well in all three formats. England will be cooking horns with the Indian team in the second Test of the five-match series at Lord’s, starting from Thursday.
The opening Test ended in a draw as the final day was washed out, but Jasprit Bumrah roared back in form with a nine-wicket haul. Bumrah remained wicket-less in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand and India lost the game but made a strong comeback in the first Test.
During a recent interview with broadcaster Son ahead of the second Test, Jonny Bairstow said, “Well, I can’t tell you all the discussions (about Bumrah), look we know that Bumrah has got amazing skills, doesn’t he?. With his action, he (Bumrah) varies on the crease as to where his delivery points are, and we all know as well and he (is) slightly different in his action with his run-up and then just his action in general.”
He further elaborated, “Bumrah has only played only 20 (21) Tests, within that is going to be periods of time when there have been six England, so there is going to be times when bowlers adapt and change their skill-sets in some conditions, they will be more suited to other conditions. We also got to give him (Bumrah) credit, he is a world-class bowler, isn’t it, we have seen that in the IPL, we have seen that in white-ball cricket for India and also in red-ball cricket.”
The 31-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, who has played 75 Tests after making his debut in 2012, maintained that a player needs st adapt well to play Test cricket for long.
Describing the same, Jonny Bairstow said, “The strengths of the Indian bowling attack, whether or not you play in England, or in India, you look at a different type of ball. When playing in India compared to England, you have different types of pitches, so they are naturally different and need different skill-sets. So, look adaptability is the key when it comes to test cricket in general in conditions and being adaptable is more important.”