Former India National Cricket Team player Sanjay Manjrekar was recently asked whether the premier India pacer Jasprit Bumrah could be categorized in the same league as the pace bowling legends Wasim Akram and Malcolm Marshall. Manjrekar said that Bumrah has got the potential but he is not yet in the league of fast-bowling greats.
The 28-year-old Indian pacer Bumrah recently demolished the England batting unit in the first ODI of the three-match ODI series at the Kennington Oval, London. The premier India pacer bagged 6 wickets in the match in 7.2 overs and gave away just 19 runs. He became the first Indian speedster to register a six-wicket haul in England in an ODI match.
Speaking to Sports 18, Manjrekar said that Bumrah can’t be categorized in the same league as Akram and Marshall because the legendary pacers have performed well for an extended period of time in all types of conditions. He elaborated:
“Not yet, the potential is there but the problem with comparisons is that Wasim Akram and Malcolm Marshall, these are the guys who have done it over a long period of time and done it in all conditions. These are all-time greats, and we experts are very hard people to please.
“Interestingly, if you look at Bumrah and if you see the number of Test matches he has played in India, hardly any. So taking no credit away from him, because India tends to rest him in certain games, but that test is still there for Bumrah.”
Current No. 1 best bowler in maybe all formats – Sanjay Manjrekar on Jasprit Bumrah
also said that Bumrah is undoubtedly the most feared fast bowler in world cricket at the moment. He added that the wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is currently India’s best Test batter and Bumrah is India’s best bowler across all three formats. He stated:
“Absolutely. I was just thinking, currently on the form when you look at India’s best batter in Test cricket – Rishabh Pant and Bumrah – your current No. 1 best bowler in maybe all formats, and both these guys are so out of the box with their technique.
“The day he arrived on the T20 scene, that is how he rose to recognition, you could see that this is a smart guy. His background is also typical of guys who are very street-smart in the way they bowl, these are products of competitive softball cricket. He knows where to put the ball to each batter.”
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