Arguably one of the best pacers currently in the world of cricket is our Indian golden boy Jasprit Bumrah. Critically acclaimed to be the best ODI bowler in the sport, Bumrah is currently ranked no. 5 in the ICC Test rankings for bowlers. Amongst the heaps of praise from pundits, journalists and fans, there is one significant criticism coming, right from former Pakistani cricketer Abdul Razzaq.
Speaking to Cricket Pakistan, the former all rounder, although praising the 25 year old, called him a ‘baby bowler’ compared to the pacers of his time, the heavyweights in the likes of his compatriots Shoaib Akhtar, Wasim Akram and the legendary Glenn McGrath.
“I have played against great bowlers like Glenn McGrath and Wasim Akram, so Bumrah is a baby bowler in front of me and I could have easily dominated and attacked him,” Razzaq told interviewers.
Making his ODI debut in 2016 and test debut in 2018, Bumrah, who plays for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League, is renowned for his lethalness with the ball and the pinpoint accuracy for yorkers and the stumps. But, Razzaq believes, facing Bumrah, he could have easily showed him the boundary.
“After having faced world-class bowlers in my time, I would have had no problem against a bowler like Bumrah. The pressure would have been on him,” the former Leicestershire County Cricket Club all rounder added.