Jasprit Bumrah rekindles memories of my prime: West Indian pace legend Curtly Ambrose

Last week, against West Indies, Bumrah became the fastest pacer to get 50 Test wickets, and also became the only Asian bowler in history to take a five-wicket haul in South Africa, England, Australia and West Indies. With it, he also broke into the top ten for the first time in the ICC Test rankings.
Jasprit Bumrah rekindles memories of my prime: West Indian pace legend Curtly AmbroseJasprit Bumrah rekindles memories of my prime: West Indian pace legend Curtly Ambrose
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Jasprit Bumrah, who is yet to play a Test game in India, has already captured the imagination of the cricketing world, picking up 55 wickets at an average of just over 20 with four five-wicket hauls in only 11 games. Having made his Test debut against South Africa last January, Bumrah went on to play against England and Australia and has left his mark in each of the series'. 

His action, line and length has impressed former cricketers and fans alike, with his variations and yorkers making life tough for the batters. Last week, against West Indies, he became the fastest pacer to get 50 Test wickets, and also became the only Asian bowler in history to take a five-wicket haul in South Africa, England, Australia and West Indies. With it, he also broke into the top ten for the first time in the ICC Test rankings. 

Bumrah's performances have drawn rich praise from two legendary pacers - Curtly Ambrose and Andy Roberts. 

"He's good at varying his lengths, depending on the surfaces and batsmen. I saw that in the World Cup, how he adjusted (and altered) his lengths according to the conditions and batsmen. That makes life difficult for batsmen.

"(In this regard), he reminds me a bit of Courtney (Walsh) a bit. He was wonderful in sizing up the length and bowling accordingly.

"At times, he rekindles memories of our prime. The pace, aggression, the hostility, the craft. The way he outclasses the batsmen, the way he out-thinks them. He could have been one of us, he's so complete a bowler that he could have played in any era," Curtly Ambrose told the Indian Express.

Roberts went on to call Bumrah as the "best Indian fast bowler that he has seen till date." 

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

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