Legendary Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram has heaped praise on Jasprit Bumrah, saying that that the Indian speedster has the most effective yorker" in world cricket currently.
Bumrah played a key role in India’s first-ever Test series triumph Down Under. The right-armer finished the four-match series as the joint-highest wicket-taker with 21 scalps alongside Nathan Lyon.
"Jasprit Bumrah has the best and the most effective yorker among fast bowlers playing international cricket now," Akram told PTI during an interaction.
"Bumrah has an exceptional action, very different from other fast bowlers and yet he gets the ball to swing and also move off the deck at good pace. But what makes Bumrah special is his ability to bowl yorkers on a regular basis. Also yorker is not just used for ODIs but for Test matches too, as me and Waqar did in our times," he added.
Akram attributed Bumrah’s success to tennis-ball cricket as it helps the aspiring bowlers to perfect their yorkers.
"If you see, whether it's me coming from Pakistan or Bumrah coming from India, we are all products of tennis-ball cricket. When you play gully cricket with buildings on both sides and the batsman being deprived of playing cross batted shots on both sides, they are forced to play straight then. And then you start pitching it up and in the process learn to bowl at the base and prevent the batsman from going down the ground. You will see a lot of yorkers in 10PL," Akram asserted.
He was full of praise for India, which became the first Asia country to clinch a Test series on Australian soil.
"It's a huge achievement to win a Test series in Australia. I don't subscribe to the view that this is a weakened Australian side. Let's not take away any credit from Virat and his boys. The kind of consistency they have shown is indeed a big deal," Wasim said.