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Salman Butt believes Bumrah’s worth in India is what Wasim and Waqar’s was for Pakistan

May 27, 2021

Written By,

Ankit Seth

Salman Butt believes that India's pacer Jasprit Bumrah's worth in the Indian team was that of Wasim and Waqar when they were playing for Pakistan. Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis are arguably the best fast-bowling duo to have played the sport. The former Pakistan opening batsman also compared Bumrah to a Ferrari and advised India to use the pacer wisely. Notably, Jasprit Bumrah has been India's premium fast bowler over the last few years. He will be a crucial member of the Indian cricket team when they face New Zealand in the upcoming World Test Championship final against New Zealand. The final clash will take place at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton, from June 18. Apart from Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Shardul Thakur, and Mohammed Siraj will also be a part of India's formidable pace department for the summit clash.

Bumrah is the fastest Indian bowler to scalp fifty Test wickets

Jasprit Bumrah has so far featured in 19 Tests, 67 ODIs, and 50 T20Is for India with 83, 108, and 59 scalps in all three formats of the game, respectively. Jasprit Bumrah has also picked up 34 wickets in nine Tests in the Championship. While Bumrah had made his ODI debut in 2016, the bowler played his first Test in 2018. From then onwards, Bumrah has been one of the crucial players of the Indian cricket team. Jasprit Bumrah is the fastest Indian to scalp fifty Test wickets and has always been Virat Kohli's go-to-bowler away from home. Salman Butt reckoned that Bumrah's worth in the current Indian team is what the legendary Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis' worth was for Pakistan during their playing days for the Men in Green.

Recently, Bumrah received praise from legendary pacers Sir Curtly Ambrose and Sir Richard Hadlee. Both have praised Bumrah, but they have shown concern about his fitness and ability to prolong his career in all the game formats due to his unique bowling action. West Indies legend Curtly Ambrose stated that Jasprit Bumrah could bag 400 Test wickets for India provided he can keep his body fit. On Tuesday, Sir Richard Hadlee expressed concerns about Bumrah's action and workload. The former explained how it's essential to manage India's ace fast bowler well to prolong his career. Jasprit Bumrah has been showered with praises and plaudits from all across the world.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth