Sunil Gavaskar is of the opinion that Jasprit Bumrah is the kind of cricketer whom India can rely on when the team needs him. The former Indian cricketer further added that Bumrah is a clever cricketer who tries hard to get better by polishing his skills in bowling and batting after every match.
Jasprit Bumrah was criticized a lot for his poor performance in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand. He went wicketless in the match and his failure as a bowler opened doors for debate regarding his spot in India’s playing XI. However, Bumrah bounced back to form with his brilliant performance in the Test series against England. The 27-year-old lead the Indian pace attack and clinched 18 wickets from seven innings with an average of 20.83.
Bumrah’s 3/33 at Lord's and 2/27 at the Oval was best as his five-wicket haul in the first Test in Nottingham. Cricket experts and fans termed his performance at Lords and the Oval as his best. The Indian fast bowler led the pace attack to strangle the English batsman with his fierce deliveries.
Speaking on Bumrah’s good run in the Test series, Sunil Gavaskar stated that Bumrah is a clever cricketer whom India can rely upon. He further stated that Bumrah is the kind of cricketer who tries his best to get better after every game.
"He is a very clever bowler. He is somebody who looks to get better than yesterday – be it his bowling or his batting. Look at the way he applied himself and hit those runs when India came to bat. And as a fielder too, he is looking to get better. So he is that kind of cricketer whom you can rely on. You throw the ball at him in crunch situations and he'd say 'ok, I'll do it for you'," Gavaskar had said on the Sony Sports Network.
The cricketer-turned-commentator reckoned that it is phenomenal to watch Bumrah’s reverse swinging deliveries. He further added that Bumrah has mastered bowling in all three formats.
"You see him with the white-ball, see him in the white-ball format, how they do it in the IPL and even the 50-overs game, there are few masters. When it comes to the red ball, it becomes that much easier. The seam stays hard and intact longer, the shine on one side is a lot brighter than it is on the white ball, and therefore there is a lot more opportunity to generate reverse swing," the former India batsman added.