Sunil Gavaskar asks Jasprit Bumrah to work out his no-ball issues at the earliest
Bumrah has dismissed a couple of batsmen with the illegal delivery in the ongoing Test series.
Updated - Aug 31, 2018 11:39 am
Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has had a tremendous time ever since he came back to international cricket against England following his thumb injury. The speedster picked up seven wickets, which included a five-wicket haul, in the third Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. In the ongoing Test at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton, the pacer nipped out three crucial wickets.
However, despite his success, the 24-year-old has had to face the issue of bowling no-balls now and then. To his misery, he has dismissed a couple of batsmen with the illegal delivery. In the erstwhile encounter, he dished out one to Adil Rashid. In his third over of the current match, he pinned English captain Joe Root with a delivery that sharply jagged back after pitching.
This is something that he has to work really hard
The on-field umpire initially declared him not out, but Bumrah went for the Decision Review System (DRS). Replays showed that the bowler’s front foot landed beyond the bowling crease. In the meantime, Sunil Gavaskar, the former Indian batsman, believes that the speedster needs to somehow get rid of the issue as it’s not only agonising but also adds to the workload of the bowler and the team.
“This is something that he has to work really hard at for it’s not just frustrating for him individually, but annoying for the team too as they feel they have got a wicket only to be denied because the bowler has overstepped. For a fast bowler, having to bowl an extra delivery is also tiring work,” Gavaskar wrote in his column for The Times of India (TOI).
Last year, Bumrah had to pay a heavy price for bowling a no-ball when he got the better of Fakhar Zaman, Pakistan’s left-handed opening batsman, in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy at the KIA Oval in London. Zaman went on score 114 runs from 106 balls and helped the Men in Green put on 338 runs, a score which turned out to be a far cry for Virat Kohli’s men.