Jasprit Bumrah and Jofra Archer are very similar: Faf du Plessis
Faf talked how he didn't wish for Bumrah to make his Test debut in 2018.
Updated - Jul 7, 2020 12:58 pm
Faf du Plessis, the former South Africa skipper, has lauded Jasprit Bumrah for his style of bowling that made it hard for the Proteas in the 2018 Test series against India. The lanky speedster made his Test debut after impressing one and all in the limited-overs formats for a couple of years. In the series, he picked up 14 wickets in 112.1 overs with best figures of five for 54.
Du Plessis, who got 183 runs that series with a couple of fifties, said that he wished for Bumrah to not make his debut in the format. He was impressed with Bumrah to such an extent that he drew the pacer’s parallel’s to England fast bowler Jofra Archer.
Jasprit Bumrah has got that beautiful wrist, says du Plessis
“Bumrah made his debut in that Test series. We were actually hoping that he doesn’t make his debut. Because I knew how good he was. He has got that beautiful wrist that is quick on you, almost like Archer. They are similar type bowlers. Their fast bowlers were really good,” Faf told on the Sony Ten Pitstop Show.
Du Plessis also found the series a competitive one. After winning the first two Tests in Cape Town and Centurion, South Africa managed to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. In the final Test at the Wanderers in Johannesburg, Virat Kohli and Co won by 63 runs.
“So that series was fought on an even keel all the time. That was one of the best series to be involved in, obviously we won it 2-1. India was a proper powerful team then as well,” he stated.
Apart from Bumrah, the likes of Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar didn’t flatter to deceive by any stretch of the imagination. Du Plessis didn’t mind in admitting that the Indian pace attack gave the Proteas quite some nightmares.
“We beat the Indian Test team 2-1 but it was a great Test series. That was one of the best series I have been involved in. Because India for the first time had a pace attack that could take on South Africa in South Africa and Australia, that is why they were so successful,” du Plessis added.