Over the years, the World Cricket has been blessed with a number of great fast bowler who have haunted and even intimidated the batsmen with their speed, accuracy and guile. There was a time in 1970-80’s when Dannis Lillee, Sir Richard Hadlee, Allan Donald, Joel Garner and many others used to instil fears in the minds of batsman.
Moreover, most of these all-time great bowlers used to haunt/prey in pairs with either or both of them forcing the batsman to dance on their balls. In modern time also, the art of bowling in tandem has reaped rich dividends with the likes of Anderson-Broad, Stark-Cummins, Bumrah-Bhuvneshwar, Boult-Southee and many others forming a formidable bowling pair leave opposition breathless.
Although, all of those aforementioned pairs have been a nightmare for batsmen, Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad have led the charts in last decade and so. Defying all the age- conditions – form factors, both have been marvellous for England for over a decade now.
Jimmy Anderson, recently, become first fast bowler to take 600 Test wickets. Achieving the feat in his 156th Test appearance – at the age of 38 years- he set a new horizon for greatness. On the other hand, his partner in crime – Stuart Broad, at 34 years– is still getting fine like old wine. He recently reached a record-making number of 500 wickets in the test format.
Over the time, Broad has drawn comparisons with many of current and past day greats. Recently, a fan took a dig at the Englishman by commenting “You are not as great as Bumrah” on Stuart Broad’s recent Instagram post.
Ironically, Broad also noticed the post and like a true gentleman of game replied in a polite manner. Praising his contemporary Indian bowler, Broad replied that Bumrah is one of his favourites and surely one of the best and insisted that one should avoid unnecessary comparisons and enjoying the game to the fullest.
Jasprit Bumrah, the Ahmedabad-born speedster, has been Virat Kohli’s go to bowler in last couple of years. After impressing everyone with his Malinga like ability to bowl Yorkers, he has developed himself into one of the finest bowlers of all time. With his Lion like guile, accuracy and speed, he has the ability to dismantle any batsman in any conditions.
After a long delay due to Covid-19, Bumrah will be back in action in #Dream11 IPL 2020. He will lead Mumbai Indians bowling unit in inaugural match of IPL 2020 on September 19.