Shane Bond on why Jasprit Bumrah is the ‘best fast bowler’

Ahead of Team India’s tour down under, former New Zealand quick Shane Bond hailed Jasprit Bumrah as the ‘the best fast bowler.’ Bond who is the Mumbai Indians bowling coach in the Indian Premier League and has coached Bumrah for six seasons has explained what makes the Indian pacer so deadly while speaking to The Sydney Morning Herald.

Since his debut, Bumrah is the first Indian to have taken Test five-wicket hauls in South Africa, England, Australia, and West Indies. In India’s last tour to Australia, Bumrah wreaked havoc with the new and the old ball. In four Tests, he claimed an equal-series leading high 21 Test wickets averaging at 17.

Bond exclaimed, “He has a desire to continue to be the best bowler in the world. I think he is. I think he is the best fast bowler. He is a gun.”

“He doesn’t run in fast. He sort of trots in and then the last few steps he really accelerates. He, obviously, has those straight arms which are a bit different. But for a guy that is not that big and doesn’t run in too fast, he has got good acceleration and he is genuinely quick.”

“I think that sometimes that can shock you as a batter. But the other thing is he has the ability to shift the ball both ways.”

Bumrah who became the fastest Indian to 50 Test wickets last year, had a phenomenal outing in IPL 2020 as well. Missing out a couple of matches, he finished second behind South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada with 27 wickets from 15 matches averaging at 14.96.

Bond quipped, “He hadn’t played yet and people say: ‘Will he be any good?’ There was a lot of talk about his action and that he will get injured and this sort of stuff. He is certainly unorthodox in the way his actions looks. He has a short delivery stride but he has got a strong, braced front leg, he has a supple wrist and, obviously, bowls fast and can move the ball around and is very, very skilled.”

“He has also got that very strong belief in himself. Sometimes you meet players and work with players that don’t have that. With him, it’s definitely not like that. He has an air of confidence about his own game,” he added.