India vs Australia- Shoaib Akhtar gives compliment to Jasprit Bumrah: Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar praised India’s Jasprit Bumrah for his bowling prowess and rated him the smartest bowler in the world at present. Bumrah is the spearhead of India’s pace attack in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar series. In two Tests he has bagged eight wickets, which is the third-highest, behind Pat Cummins and R Ashwin.
“I think he probably is the smartest fast bowler. Bumrah, Mohammad Amir and even bigger than Wasim Akram, the guy that I’ve seen bowling is Mohammad Asif. I have actually seen batsmen crying while facing Asif. Laxman once said ‘how will I face this guy’, AB de Villiers literally started crying during the Asian Test Championship.
“But I think after Asif, Bumrah is the smartest fast bowler presently. People were doubtful about his fitness in Test cricket, even I was watching him closely. He has a quick bouncer, is deceptive and sharp and a good character this guy is,” Shoaib Akhtar told Boria Majumdar on Sports Today.
The Pakistan great also complimented Bumrah for his attitude on the pitch and pointed out that the Indian fast bowler shows his aggression through ball, instead of his body language.
“Bumrah has aggression in his length not in his body. This is how I’m going to define Bumrah. Their is aggression in the length he bowls, he defeats the batsmen with his length. His body language is not aggressive, he’s the nicest guy I’ve come across. But when he comes to bowl, in those 5 seconds he showcases his aggression in his length.
“It’s during those 5 seconds when he bowls that he tells the batsman ‘your not going to be better than me’. What I find very nice about him is that he thinks about his bowling, he’s a team man, good fast bowler and he’s a match-winner. What I feel should do is gain a bit of muscle mass. I told this to Hardik Pandya also during the Asia Cup. Even Ravi Shastri agreed with me on this,” Akhtar said.
India levelled the four-match series 1-1 after a historic win in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne. They will now travel to Sydney on January 4 for the third Test at SCG from January 7.