Would prefer to face Dennis Lillee rather than Jasprit Bumrah: Viv Richards

Richards also spoke highly about the Indian captain Virat Kohli.

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Sir Viv Richards. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

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Jasprit Bumrah has stood out from the rest of the bowlers in the world since he made his debut in 2016. While the bowler from Gujarat first hogged the limelight for his actions, it did not take him long to start garnering attention because of his performance. As a result, he became Team India’s pace spearhead inside two years of his international debut.

Bumrah has been receiving praise from all over for his exploits across formats. But perhaps no one has given him a compliment as better as the one given by the legendary Sir Viv Richards. The former West Indies skipper, while lavishing praise over Bumrah, said that he would prefer facing the legendary Dennis Lillee than Bumrah. Calling Bumrah a diamond and backing him to do well, Richards said that it is his action that makes him different as well as dangerous.

“I would prefer to face Dennis Lillee rather than Bumrah because he doesn’t have a perfect action. With Lillee you can see what he is doing, but not with Bumrah. In Bumrah, India have a diamond in their armoury. As long as he remains fit, he is going to trouble a lot of batsmen for a long time to come,” Viv Richards told Economic Times.

Bumrah, meanwhile, is currently in West Indies for the ongoing Test series. He had a remarkable first year in Test cricket and will look to start the new season in a similar fashion too.

Lot of respect for Virat

Viv Richards further heaped praise on India skipper Virat Kohli. Comparing Kohli’s passion with his, Richards said that he loves to see the India star in action.

“I have a lot of respect for Virat. I see a lot of our attitudes as similar — we are both so passionate about our leadership, we are passionate about how our fieldsmen should behave, to do upright things, be driven and that’s why he is captain. This guy leads from the front and I enjoy as well as appreciate that. I love his passion,” the 67-year-old added.

Meanwhile, India have not started the Test series on a good note and were 203 for 6 at the end of Day one of the first Test in Antigua. Ajinkya Rahane was the only batsman who crossed the 50-run mark.

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