‘Bumrah Unorthodox But Highly Effective: Legendary Curtly Ambrose

Written by Sumit Seth

Jasprit ‘Boom Boom’ Bumrah has most definitely staked his claim as arguably the best bowler in international cricket currently. Well, even the legendary Curtly Ambrose can’t help but admit to being a fan of the Indian pacer, as the West Indian heaped praise on him.

Bumrah has been vital to India’s progress into the second round of the T20 World Cup as he produced two Player-of-the-Match performances in the group stages.

The ace pacer recently put up a show-stopping performance against Pakistan, where he took three important scalps to rescue a nearly-lost game for the Men in Blue, and lead India to a narrow 6-run victory.

“What I can tell you something about Jasprit Bumrah, I’m a big fan. Right from ever since I saw him the first time. He’s so unconventional but highly effective. And that’s what I like about him. When you look at traditional fast bowlers, you wouldn’t look at Bumrah, he’s so unorthodox.

“He has done a great job for India and still doing a great job in all formats. I met him a couple of years ago when India played in Antigua. He’s someone I’ve always enjoyed watching because he’s so different,” said Ambrose who is involved with promoting the ongoing T20 World Cup.

One of the standout attributes of the pacer has been his unorthodox action, which now strikes fear into the hearts of his opponents.

The gladiator-like open-chested action of Bumrah makes him privy to bodily strains especially on the lower body, but Ambrose believes every fast bowler has to deal with risks like that.

“From my little experience, there are no two bowlers who are exactly alike. Bowlers may have similarities but they are never exactly alike and we all have our different styles everyone is different.

“In terms of his longevity, in terms of injuries, (for) every fast bowler, there is always risk of being injured. But at the same time you can’t go out there thinking that way. You’ve got to go out there and do the job to the best of your ability and whatever happens, happens,” stated the West Indian legend, who has 405 scalps in Test cricket himself.

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