The legendary Pakistan pacer Wasim Akram has been hugely impressed with the Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah. He feels that Bumrah is the most effective yorker producer among the present international fast bowlers.
Since his international cricket debut, Bumrah has impressed with his powerful attacking bowling skills. Now, Akram has been impressed hugely on his effective yorker bowling skills.
The former Pakistan left-arm pacer recently told PTI, “Jasprit Bumrah has the best and the most effective yorker among fast bowlers playing international cricket now.”
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Akram feels Bumrah’s yorker bowling skills will make a special difference for the Indian cricket team in the upcoming 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup which is just four months away.
Akram added, “Bumrah has an exceptional action, very different from other fast bowlers and yet he gets the ball to swing and also move off the deck at good pace. But what makes Bumrah special is his ability to bowl yorkers on a regular basis. Also yorker is not just used for ODIs but for Test matches too as me and Waqar did in our times.”
For the accurate yorker bowling speciality, the 52-year-old former Pakistan cricketer credits to practice with the tennis ball in local cricket.
Akram said, “If you see, whether it’s me coming from Pakistan or Bumrah coming from India, we are all products of tennis ball cricket. When you play gully cricket with buildings on both sides and the batsman being deprived of playing cross batted shots on both sides, they are forced to play straight then. And then you start pitching it up and in the process learn to bowl at the base and prevent the batsman from going down the ground. You will see a lot of yorkers in 10PL.”
Recently, Bumrah played a huge role in India’s Test series victory in Australia, which was the first ever Test series victory in Australia by an Asian side. Akram praised the entire Indian side to win that historic series.
The former Pakistan captain said, “It’s a huge achievement to win a Test series in Australia. I don’t subscribe to the view that this is a weakened Australian side. Let’s not take away any credit from Virat and his boys. The kind of consistency they have shown is indeed a big deal.
Talking about the differences between the present Indian side and the other present cricket team, Akram credited the Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s mindset.
Akram said, “On a serious note, it is Virat’s mindset that makes all the difference. When I mean mindset, it also includes off the field preparation also.”
He further added, “Awareness about all the worldly things, what needs to be done to become the best in the world and it’s not just about having the perfect technique. It is about having a perfect mindset. He is one of the most popular cricketer in Pakistan.”