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Jasprit Bumrah’s impossible unorthodoxy helps India see off South Africa in their opening World Cup match

Yahoo UK and Ireland – Jasprit Bumrah runs in like someone who doesn’t really want to bowl.

Summary

  • And here’s the thing: you can’t even line up his release point, because it’s constantly shifting across the crease, one ball Makhaya Ntini, the next ball Brett Lee, the next Waqar Younis, a visual collage of all the great fast bowlers that Bumrah would watch goggle-eyed in his front room as a cricket-obsessed child.
  • So to describe Bumrah as the world’s greatest all-format fast bowler – an accolade that only Kagiso Rabada would seriously challenge – is actually an oversimplification.
  • Bumrah isn’t just one of the world’s great fast bowlers, he’s several of them: a gun with the shiny red ball, a surgeon with the hard white, a superb enforcer in the middle overs and the finest death bowler in the sport.
  • In most match situations, even though Bumrah subtly varies his angle and release, you can generally have a good guess at where the ball might be delivered.
  • And if you took a cursory glance at the scorecard, you’d probably gloss over Bumrah’s 2-35 off 10 overs, his tidy economy rate, his 41 dot balls out of 60.


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