Former Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq who has made headlines by making some uncharacteristic comments on Jasprit Bumrah in the past has now all of a sudden taken a U-turn.
The former all-rounder this time around was seen heaping praise on India's premier white-ball bowler Jasprit Bumrah. Calling the latter a ‘Baby Bowler' in the past has now praised his skillsets and pipped him to become a ‘World Class' bowler.
Apart from calling him a ‘Baby Bowler' Abdul Razzaq also said that he would have taken him apart had he faced him in his prime. He also emphasized on the fact that the 26-year old hailing from Gujarat was nowhere near to the pacers of his generation.
However, this time around, the Lahore born all-rounder was on a defensive mode and had something positive to say while talking to the Times of India for the world number 2 ODI bowler.
“I do not have anything personal against Bumrah. I was simply comparing him with the likes of Glenn McGrath, Wasim Akram, Curtly Ambrose, Shoaib Akhtar. It would have been much tougher to face them. My comments were misconstrued. He is heading towards becoming a world-class bowler. But in our times, the bowlers were of a much higher calibre. Not many can dispute that”
His statement does have some sense this time around, but let us see if there is a backfire coming on this.
Razzaq drew comparisons between legendary Kapil Dev and all-rounder Hardik Pandya and said that the latter is nowhere near the 1983 World Cup-winning skipper.
“Kapil Dev and Imran Khan are the best all-rounders of all time. Hardik is nowhere near that league. Even I was an all-rounder but it doesn’t mean that I would compare myself with Imran bhai. Kapil paaji and Imran bhai were in a different league”
2019 didn't go the way Jasprit Bumrah had liked and with 2020 putting human life on halt, the resumption of cricket is as of now, a far sight. If it hadn't been for the coronavirus pandemic, the Indian cricketers would have been busy with the 13th edition of IPL.
However, the cloud of doubts still looms over the commencement of IPL 2020 as things are getting bad to worse courtesy COVID-19. The betterment of people is the utmost priority for the Indian government and the lockdown which is imposed currently is the only measure to fight this unwanted scare.