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Andy Roberts on Jasprit Bumrah: He is the best Indian fast bowler ever

Former West Indies pacer Andy Roberts heaps praise on India's Jasprit Bumrah after his memorable bowling performance in the first Test at Antigua
Andy Roberts on Jasprit Bumrah: He is the best Indian fast bowler everAndy Roberts on Jasprit Bumrah: He is the best Indian fast bowler ever
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Coming back to represent India in the longest format of the game, after missing the limited overs leg of the series, pace sensation Jasprit Bumrah ran through the West Indies batting line-up in the first Test at Antigua. His bowling figures of 5/7 is the least expensive five-wicket haul by any Indian bowler in Test cricket. It helped India bowl out the home side for 100 and give them a 318 run victory. This victory also meant that Virat Kohli and his men pocketed full points out of the first ICC World Championship Test.

Legendary West Indies pacer Andy Roberts heaped praise on Bumrah and said that he is the best Indian pacer he has ever seen.

"It's the strangest action that I have seen on a cricket field. I need to study that for a longer time to understand the mechanics of his action. But if he were born here back in our days, we would have had him. A freak was the only element missing in our bowling line-up. In fact, Bumrah is the only variety of bowler we had never produced. Then I don’t think even India would produce one like him again."

"In my time, it was all spin. Good ones, but they wouldn't win you matches overseas. India had Kapil Dev and some other, but we never thought that they could produce someone as lethal as Bumrah. He's the best Indian fast bowler I have seen."

On Bumrah's dismissal of Kraigg Brathwaite, Andy Roberts said, "Perfect length. You can't get better than his. The chap is very good. He is hitting the right areas straightaway. Not too many do that."

On fellow opener John Campbell's dismissal, "That's a brute. You can't do anything against. Just bad luck. Was the kind of ball Michael Holding used to bowl back in our days. And later Malcolm Marshall. This is a serious ball and can get the best batsmen out."

Roberts also added that Bumrah's pace is one of his biggest asset. "It's the pace that catches my eyes first. I wouldn't say pace is the biggest asset of a fast bowler but I would say it's the most valuable one. If you have pace, batsmen fear you, because, at the back of the mind, they are thinking of safety, how to avoid being hit. You can mix the pace and fool them. And if you can swing the ball at his pace, nothing like it. Such bowlers thrill you. They say batsmen have become soft. I would say the bowlers have, too. They don’t attack the batsmen, they wait for them to make a mistake. They keep bowling outside the off-stump, tempting them to make mistakes. It's not the way we did it. We made them play at each ball. Bumrah doesn't waste a single delivery. Fast bowling takes a lot of energy and if you waste a ball, you lose a lot of energy."

The second will commence at Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica on 30th August.

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