Bumrah will be a big threat to the opposition in the World Cup: Sachin Tendulkar
Batting Great Sachin Tendulkar has said India pacer Jasprit Bumrah will be causing a lot of problems to opposition batsmen in the 2019 Cricket World Cup, starting May 30 in England.
Tendulkar added that he is not surprised with Bumrah’s success across all formats of the game and said he had known that the Mumbai Indians pacer had it in him to “rattle the best batsmen in the world”.
Tendulkar’s comments come as Bumrah has established himself as one of the top bowlers across the three formats of the game. With his uncanny action and incredible consistency to bowl toe-crushers, Bumrah grew into one of the best white-ball bowlers after making his limited-overs debut in 2016.
However, his rapid rise as one of the premium bowlers in red-ball cricket has taken quite a few by surprise but not Sachin Tendulkar. Bumrah had made his test debut as recently as January 2018 and finished the year with 48 wickets. He also made it to the ICC Test Team of the Year in his maiden season in whites at the highest level.
“I am not surprised by Bumrah’s success. Having spent time with him and seen his sincere and honest efforts to improve and learn, I always knew it was a matter of time before he would rattle the best batsmen in the world,” Tendulkar said, as quoted by Sportstar.
He added: “I have seen from close quarters how he looks to improve. In 2015, I had seen his ability to win a battle. With Kane Williamson in batting, I had said Bumrah would make his mark. I am happy he has.
“His action and deceptive bowling, plus the consistency to take wickets, make him a dangerous bowler. He knows how to execute his plans. Bumrah will be a big threat to the opposition and a great asset to India at the World Cup.”
Bumrah had rattled Australia and led India to a historic 2-1 Test series win at their own backyard. The sturdy pacer had made an immediate impact in Tests as he shone in South Africa and carried his form to England wherein he improved with every Test, adding variety to his bowling.
The Mumbai Indians pacer has been rested for the ongoing tour of New Zealand. He is expected to be back for the home series vs Australia, starting later this month.
Tendulkar fan of Pant’s fearless approach
Meanwhile, Tendulkar also heaped praise on young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, saying he loved the latter’s fearless approach. Pant, who leapfrogged Virat Kohli to emerge as the second highest run-scorer in Australia Tests, will join Team India for the upcoming three-match T20I series vs New Zealand.
“Rishabh has terrific prospects in international cricket. He has a great future but he must keep his head on his shoulders and look to enjoy his game. If he keeps his focus he will play long because things will happen around his cricket essentially. I have liked his approach and the fact that he is fearless,” said Tendulkar.