Jasprit Bumrah’s worth in team India is what Wasim and Waqar’s was for Pakistan: Salman Butt
Bumrah has established himself as India’s go-to bowler in all three formats of the game in the last few years.
Updated - May 27, 2021 2:37 pm
Salman Butt, the former Pakistan skipper, heaped praise on India’s pace bowling star Jasprit Bumrah and went onto tag him as ‘one of the best’, while also comparing his calibre to that of a Ferrari.
Jasprit Bumrah has established himself as India’s go-to bowler in all three formats of the game in the last few years and has attracted accolades from all the corners of the world. While other pacers including Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, and Shardul Thakur have also managed to impress, Butt feels that no one has what Bumrah has got.
Notably, West Indies legend Curtly Ambrose went onto say that if the Indian pacer can maintain fitness, he will end up crossing the 400-wicket landmark in Test cricket.
You need to use Bumrah judiciously: Salman Butt
“In simple words, he is not a Toyota or a Corolla. Bowlers like him are of the calibre of Ferrari, Lamborghini… the big end cars, the special event cars. With such bowlers, you need to ensure you use them judiciously. With him, you have to select the occasions and conditions properly. And when you do that, you increase your timeline with him. The more he is used in valuable matches, the better output he will give. Bumrah is unique and at the moment, he is one of the best,” Butt said on his YouTube channel.
He also added that the value Bumrah brings to the Indian team is the same as Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram brought to Pakistan.
“Bumrah is the one the captain turns to. If you look at Rohit Sharma, he mostly makes him bowl one over at the beginning and saves him for the last six overs. Why? Because the captain trusts him that if the opposition needs to get 30-40 off them, in Bumrah’s over, he won’t let you get the runs and pick up wickets too.”
“His worth in the Indian team is what Wasim and Waqar’s was for Pakistan. They did not allow 30-40 runs to be scored with five wickets remaining. They would get them out. Bumrah has that quality that wins India matches in the end; his dot ball percentage is great, has great control over his yorkers. He can deceive in his action, slower ball and the quick bouncer. He is a priceless asset for his team and captain,” Butt signed off.