January 19, 2019
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Wasim Akram in awe of India pacer

By Chaitanya Laxman

Young Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah has impressed everyone with his rapid rise in international cricket and now legendary pace bowler Wasim Akram has showered praise on him. Akram feels that Bumrah has a unique action and has praised his ability to bowl yorker.

Ability to bowl yorkers makes Bumrah special: Akram

The former Pakistani pace bowler explained that Jasprit Bumrah has an exceptional action, which is very different from other fast bowlers and yet he gets the ball to swing and also move off the deck at good pace.

But according to Akram what makes Bumrah special is his ability to bowl yorkers on a regular basis. He feels that the right arm pacer has the best and the most effective yorker among fast bowlers playing international cricket now.

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Bumrah product of tennis ball cricket: Akram

At the same time, Akram decoded Bumrah’s success. He noted that whether it is him coming from Pakistan or Bumrah coming from India, they are all products of tennis ball cricket.

He believes that 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.

Akram explains that 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.

Team India’s consistency a big deal: Akram

The former left-arm pace bowler also appreciated India for winning the Test series in Australia. He feels that it is a huge achievement to win a Test series in Australia.

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He made it clear that he doesn’t subscribe to the view that this is a weakened Australian side and feels we should not take away any credit from Virat and his boys as the kind of consistency they have shown is indeed a big deal.

Chaitanya Laxman