Former Pakistan opener Salman Butt has lavished praise on Indian spearhead Jasprit Bumrah and compared him to the iconic Pakistan duo of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis. Butt also compared the pacer with Ferrari and Lamborghini and urged India to use him wisely.
Bumrah is one of the top all-format bowlers and will lead India’s bowling attack in the upcoming final of the World Test Championship in Southampton from June 18.
“In simple words, he is not a Toyota or a Corolla. Bowlers like him are of the caliber of Ferrari, Lamborghini the big end cars, the special event cars. With such bowlers, you need to ensure you use them judiciously. With him, you have to select the occasions and conditions properly. And when you do that, you increase your timeline with him. The more he is used in valuable matches, the better output he will give. Bumrah is unique and at the moment, he is one of the best,” Butt said on his YouTube channel.
Bumrah has represented India in 19 Tests, 67 ODIs and 50 T20Is, accounting for 83, 108 and 59 wickets respectively. Butt further added that Bumrah is a complete bowler who is very hard to get away and has multiple skills up his sleeves to outfox a batsman.
“His worth in the Indian team is what Wasim and Waqar’s was for Pakistan. They did not allow 30-40 runs to be scored with five wickets remaining. They would get them out. Bumrah has that quality that wins India matches in the end; his dot ball percentage is great, has great control over his yorkers. He can deceive in his action, slower ball, and the quick bouncer. He is a priceless asset for his team and captain.”