Pakistani speedstar Wasim Akram has heaped praise on Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah for his ability to bowl the “most effective yorker” currently in world cricket.
Akram was renowned for his ability to fire in yorkers at the highest level. “When you play gully cricket with buildings on both sides and the batsman being deprived of playing cross-batted shots on both sides, they are forced to play straight then. And then you start pitching it up and in the process you learn to bowl at the base and prevent the batsman from going down the ground.” Akram told to a PTI reporter. Amidst this compliment for 25-year old Bumrah, an explanation as to why these two seamers have been able to bowl such toe-crunching, straight deliveries was also revealed.
Bumrah, who played a pivotal role in India’s maiden Test series win on Australian soil, has been the X factor in Virat Kohli’s set-up. Akram believes that Bumrah will make a difference during death overs at this year’s World Cup with his ‘go to ball’.
“Bumrah has an exceptional action, very different from other fast bowlers and yet he gets the ball to swing and also move off the deck at good pace,” Akram said.
“But what makes Bumrah special is his ability to bowl yorkers on a regular basis. Also yorker is not just used for ODIs but for Test matches too as me and Waqar did in our times,” the Sultan of Swing said.