Star Indian pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah left everyone awestruck with his sensational bowling against England in the second Test of the five-match series. He scalped a total of 9 wickets in the Vizag Test, with 6 and 3 wickets in the first and second innings, respectively. He also won the ‘Player of the Match award for his match-defining performance in India’s favour.
Apart from that, he also achieved the number 1 rank in the Test rankings of bowlers. With this big achievement, he became the first ever bowler in the cricketing history of the game to become the number one ranked bowler across all the formats.
"He has got pace but also gets bounce" - Michael Clarke about Jasprit Bumrah
Meanwhile, the former Australia skipper Michael Clarke came up with a huge praise for Jasprit Bumrah following the latter’s iconic performance in the first two Tests of the five-match series against the Three Lions.
“What can you say, he's a freak. It's unbelievable his skills in conditions that are never conducive for fast bowling. He's just a freak,” said Clarke to ESPN Cricinfo.
“It's difficult. He has got pace but also gets bounce and can lull you into a false sense of security with his run up and just ambling up to the crease. He has got such beautiful wrists, can move the ball both ways and then uses that yorker so effectively like we saw against Ollie Pope in the first innings,” he added later.
Speaking of Bumrah’s performances so far in the ongoing five-match Test series against England, he has scalped 15 wickets in the 4 innings of the 2 Tests he played.
Apart from Michael Clarke, former Australia batter Callum Ferguson also spoke about Jasprit Bumrah’s excellent bowling heroics and also discussed the latter’s release point.
“His pace hasn't dropped off at all. The ability to be consistent with a reverse-swinging ball is extraordinary because a lot of bowlers struggle to get it exactly on the line. But he doesn't miss it and gives you no room to move. And it's the late release point which makes it less time to react for the batter. He's an extraordinary competitor,” Ferguson said.