New Delhi: Jasprit Bumrah continues to garner accolades following his outstanding performance against England, which is being lauded as one of the finest displays by a fast bowler in a Test match in India. Bumrah's remarkable feat of becoming the first Indian pacer to ascend to the top of the ICC Test rankings has further solidified his status in the cricketing world. Former South African pacer Vernon Philander joined the chorus of praise, hailing Bumrah as the most complete bowler in the world.
Bumrah's stellar performance in the Visakhapatnam Test, where he claimed figures of 9/91 to guide India to a 106-run victory and level the five-match series 1-1, left a lasting impression. His devastating six-wicket haul in the first innings tilted the game in India's favor, highlighted by an unplayable yorker that dismissed Ollie Pope.
Philander, who boasts a distinguished career with 225 wickets in 64 Tests for South Africa, commended Bumrah's flawless bowling skills. He emphasized Bumrah's evolution in maintaining line and length, attributing it to his success in Test cricket. Philander noted Bumrah's transition from initially focusing solely on taking wickets to achieving consistency, a crucial aspect at the highest level.
Looking ahead to the T20 World Cup scheduled for June in the West Indies and the USA, Philander stressed India's reliance on Bumrah's prowess in the shortest format. He lauded Bumrah's ability to swing the new ball, unsettle batsmen with his variations, and execute lethal yorkers, making him an invaluable asset in T20 cricket.
Philander also acknowledged Bumrah's pace partner Mohammed Shami for his adept use of seam and adaptation to different conditions, particularly in challenging environments like South Africa.
Overall, Philander's praise underscores Bumrah's emergence as a formidable force across all formats of the game, with his skill set poised to play a pivotal role for India in the upcoming T20 World Cup.