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‘He knows better than many bowlers where to…’: Ian Bishop on Jasprit Bumrah | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Former West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop praised Jasprit Bumrah‘s exceptional bowling skills, describing him as a rare talent that emerges only once in a generation.
Bishop highlighted that Bumrah’s formidable reputation often deters opposing batsmen from targeting him during matches.
“Jasprit Bumrah is once in a generation bowler and said opposition players don’t seem to target him sometimes due to his reputation,” PTI quoted Bishop who emphasised the impact of Bumrah’s presence on the field.
Bumrah’s exceptional skills and consistent performances have garnered him immense praise from the cricketing fraternity. Bishop’s remarks highlight the high regard in which Bumrah is held by both pundits and fellow players.
“Jasprit is smart, a good communicator. He’s got pace, but he also knows better than many bowlers where to use his variation,” Bishop said.
“You hear him say it’s not every day I go stump hunting – there are days when I go for a yorker, days I bowl a wide yorker; there are days when I assess conditions and bowl my slower ball into the pitch or use my bouncer’.
“In addition to that, there are other ingredients. He’s got that unique action where the ball gets on to you a lot quicker. And that’s partly why those full tosses sometimes don’t get smashed because they race onto you.
“Of course, when you develop that reputation… when I bowled with Curtly Ambrose, Matthew (Hayden) never put a foot wrong against Curtly because of his reputation, but he’d look to smash me. This guy is a generational bowler.”
‘Kuldeep should definitely play’
Team India is set to take on Afghanistan in their opening super 8 encounter on Thursday. Former Indian cricketers Kris Srikkanth and Piyush Chawla have advocated for the inclusion of wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav in the starting lineup, considering him a game-changer.
“If I was captain, I would surely play Kuldeep Yadav. Wrist spinners are always potential match winners. I might drop Siraj, he is a good bowler. But on this wicket Kuldeep should surely play,” Srikkanth said.
Chawla added: “100 per cent he should play. If you look at the venues, they are spin-friendly. When the team was picked, everyone asked why four spinners and Rohit had said you will come to know and he was talking about this league.
“You definitely need one wrist-spinner, especially in those conditions where the ball is spinning and pitches are on the slower sides. So if it’s going to be a toss up between Arshdeep and Siraj, then I think Siraj has to make the way.”

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