T20 WC: Comparing Shaheen Afridi With Jasprit Bumrah Is Foolish, Mohammad Amir Hails Indian Pacer
By Aditya Pratap - Oct 22, 2021 5:09 pm
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Former Pakistan pacer Mohammad Amir has hailed Indian bowling spearhead Jasprit Bumrah as the best T20 bowler right now. He rubbishes the comparisons of Shaheen Afridi with Jasprit Bumrah ahead of India vs Pakistan in the T20 World Cup 2021.

Mohammad Amir

Both teams will square off on October 24 in Dubai, which will mark the 6th occasion of both teams playing against each other.

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Both Bumrah and Afridi will be leading the fast-bowling lineups of their respective teams. They will dictate the terms with the ball and are likely to define the course of the match.

However, Amir isn’t pleased with the comparisons drawing between the two.

“See, comparing Shaheen with Bumrah at this point would be foolish because Shaheen is young and he is learning. And Bumrah has been doing well for India since so long and currently, I think he is the best T20 bowler, especially in the death over,” Amir said on the YouTube channel ‘Uncut’.

“But Shaheen is Pakistan’s best bowler at the moment, given the way he has been performing in the last year, year-and-a-half. So, this promises to be a good contest. Bumrah bowls brilliantly with the new ball and among youngsters, Shaheen is the best when the ball is new.”

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Meanwhile, Amir believes Pakistan’s fast-bowling lineup has an edge over their Indian counterparts but India is superior when it comes to the spinners.

Shaheen Afridi

“As far as fast bowling is concerned, Pakistan are better. Hasan Ali and Shaheen are doing well and Haris Rauf too. These are the best T20 bowlers in the death overs. From India’s point of view, Bhuvi was struggling in the IPL, so Bumrah is the only one you can say is bowling well,” added the former pacer.

“Shami too can bowl well but mostly with the new ball, I feel. I don’t know about his death bowling much but Bumrah is a complete bowler. In the spin department, India have the edge. Ashwin, Jadeja and Chakravarthy did well in the IPL.”