Former speedster Dennis Lillee compares Jasprit Bumrah to Jeff Thomson

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Friday, December 21st, 2018 | 0

Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has impressed many with his exploits in the ongoing Australia series.

The 25-year-old has troubled the hosts with his unorthodox style and pitch-perfect bowling that has seen him bag 11 wickets in two Tests so far – the most by a fast bowler alongside his teammate Mohammed Shami.

And former West Indies great Dennis Lillee was so impressed with Bumrah that he compared him to the legendary Jeff Thomson.

“I think Jasprit Bumrah is very interesting. He runs off a very short run-up. He jogs and then bowls with a very short run. He has got straight arms,” the 69-year-old told Anand Bazar Patrika.

“His bowling is not text book by any means, but it works. He is very different from other pace bowlers, which reminds me of another fast bowler of my era, who as very different from everyone else – Jeff Thomson.”

“He is not as fast as Jeff Thomson was but similar in the sense that they were outside the guidelines of normal fast bowling action or technique.”

Reflecting on India’s strategy to go in with four fast bowlers in the second Test, Lillee was happy to see the visitors producing quality quicks one after the other in recent times.

“Its very satisfying to see that. But you know what, its’ not just about fast bowlers, India is now producing quality fast bowlers.”

The third Test is scheduled to be held in Melbourne, beginning December 26.


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