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Glenn McGrath in awe of Jasprit Bumrah: Never seen anyone quite like him

first_imgLegendary Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath has heaped praise on Jasprit Bumrah, saying the in-form India pacer is one the kind in international cricket.McGrath, who watched the Australian team struggle against Virat Kohli’s visiting team in the ongoing Boxing Day Test, added that Bumrah’s variety has made him a crucial player of the Indian attack in the ongoing four-Test series in Australia.Bumrah has been making headlines for impressively leading the Indian pace attack Down Under. The 25-year-old fast bowler, who made his Test debut only earlier this year, is leading the wicket-takers list in the ongoing series, with 19 wickets, two more than nearest-rival Nathan Lyon.Bumrah has put India in the brink of a historic Boxing Day Test win in Australia as he ran through the hosts’ fragile batting line-up with a six-for in the first innings. Tim Paine’s men eventually folded for 151 and are reeling at 258 for 8, chasing 399 at stumps on Day 4 of the ongoing Test in Melbourne.”It’s hard for the batsmen to pick him. Bumrah is strong, bowls at a good pace and gets the ball to lift awkwardly. I have never seen anybody quite like Bumrah. He has a short run-up but powers through to the crease. And he has such an unusual, quick, whippy action,” McGrath told Sportstar.He added: “He can both take the ball away and bring it in. And he has a good yorker. Bumrah has been a huge factor in the Indian attack in this series.Bumrah’s unusual action and the consistent pace has left the Australian batsman searching for answers. The nippy pacer’s ability to be spiteful both with the new ball and the old one has been a huge boost to Kohli’s visiting team.advertisementSpeaking to the media after the fourth day’s play in Melbourne, India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun said Bumrah’s unusual action has made life difficult for most opposition batsmen. He also insisted that coaches had to work hard with Bumrah as his unusual action leads to a lot of stress.Bumrah, who was touted as a white-ball specialist, made a surprise debut during India’s tour of South Africa earlier this year. Ever since the Mumbai Indians pacer has adapted to red ball wonderfully well and is now the joint-highest Indian wicket-taker along with Mohammed Shami in Tests in 2018 with 47 wickets.”We were extremely confident of Bumrah doing well even before he started playing Tests because he was unique and most batsmen who played against him said it was difficult to pick him,” Arun said.”I had the opportunity to work with Bumrah when he was at U-19 level and when I was with NCA. I felt Bumrah was able to generate a lot of pace with his action, but puts a lot of strain on his body. It was a challenge and we had discussions with the physios and trainers. We came to the conclusion that we need to work on him to become extremely strong to be able to sustain his bowling.”Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah always wants to learn and experiment: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah a workhorse, he will soon be world’s best bowler: Michael ClarkeAlso Read | Bumrah talks up India domestic cricket after Kerry O’Keeffe’s controversial remarksAlso See:last_img read more

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