Get the app

Jasprit Bumrah's Awkward Action Has Worked to His Advantage: Zaheer Khan

Describing Jasprit Bumrah as a "special talent", former India speedster Zaheer Khan feels that his action has worked as an advantage rather than a weakness.

PTI |September 23, 2019, 10:32 PM IST
Jasprit Bumrah's Awkward Action Has Worked to His Advantage: Zaheer Khan

Describing Jasprit Bumrah as a "special talent", former India speedster Zaheer Khan feels that his awkward action has worked as an advantage rather than a weakness.

"He (Bumrah) is a special talent, he has got that awkward action which works as an advantage for him over the batsmen. He is keen to learn and drive to excel. He has been working on his fitness, adding new things to his bowling. He has evolved as a bowler in a short time, that have been the keys to success," Zaheer told PTI on Monday.

"It is about how you take things into stride and what kind of approach you have. I think Bumrah has shown all the attitude of achieving that success," added the 40-year-old former pacer.

Zaheer, who was part of 2011 World Cup winning Indian team, also did not read much into the omission of wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, saying the World T20 was still away.

"They have been transparent about what their approach is. At the end of the day, we just have to wait and see how things evolve and shape up. We have plenty of time for the T20 World Cup (to be held in Australia), so we will have to wait and see how things evolve and what kind of experimentation happens," he said.

"So everyone is allowed to have a thought process, we have seen with other teams as well. We have seen with England team, before the World Cup, they have been transparent about it and so is this (Indian) team."

Zaheer also has a piece of advice for young South African pacer Kasigo Rabada, that he should quickly adapt to conditions and use the reverse swing to be successful in India in the upcoming Test series, which begins in Visakhapatnam on October 2.

Rabada is one of the top bowlers in the world. In 37 Tests, he has taken a staggering 176 wickets.

"There are so many good bowlers and (Kasigo) Rabada has been right up there and you have seen that in such a short time. He has made such massive impact on Test cricket and the numbers are a reflection of that fact.

"In India, we will have to see how he adapts to conditions. You have to adapt to conditions and for any fast bowler to be successful in India, he should possess the ability to bowl with the old ball and use the reverse swing. So, I am looking forward to see how Rabada goes about it and how quickly he adapts in the (Test) series," said Zaheer.

Meanwhile, Mohammed Morani, co-owner of the defending champions Northern Warriors team and key stake-holder in the league, was upbeat about the third edition and confirmed that former India player Robin Singh will continue as the coach and five players have been retained, including Wahab Riaz and West Indian Andre Russell.

Related stories

Zaheer Khan & Eoin Morgan Interact with Children in Mumbai
Cricketnext Staff | September 22, 2019, 7:47 PM IST

Zaheer Khan & Eoin Morgan Interact with Children in Mumbai

WATCH | Bumrah is a Great Student of the Game: Kumble
Cricketnext Staff | September 7, 2019, 5:55 PM IST

WATCH | Bumrah is a Great Student of the Game: Kumble

Also Watch

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4027 115
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 4366 104
5 Australia 3270 99
see more
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
see more
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7748 277
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4720 262
4 India 8620 261
5 Australia 5471 261
see more