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Zaheer Khan calls Jasprit Bumrah a special talent, advises Kagiso Rabada on how to succeed in Indian condition

Zaheer said that Bumrah has got that awkward action which works as an advantage for him over the batsmen.
Zaheer Khan calls Jasprit Bumrah a special talent, advises Kagiso Rabada on how to succeed in Indian conditionJasprit Bumrah and Kagiso Rabada will be seen in action against each other when India face South Africa in 1st Test at Vishakhapatnam. (Photo: Twitter)
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Jasprit Bumrah has been exceptional ever since making his debut for team India.  His awkward action has made it difficult for the batsman to score runs and his variations in bowling has made it difficult for the batsman to judge the ball.

His wicket-taking balls have not only instilled fear in the opposing batsmen but also benefitted Team India. 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, said that the World T20 was still away and one has to wait and watch the kind of experiments Team India does to have a proper team.

“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 has also 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. 

“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 a 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.

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

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