Venkatesh Prasad compares Bumrah and Malinga; explains why Bumrah is "much more successful"

Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga have similar unorthodox actions.

Venkatesh Prasad lauded Jasprit Bumrah | AFP

Former India fast bowler Venkatesh Prasad heaped praise on the yorker specialist Jasprit Bumrah, saying his unorthodox action and unique action helped him to quickly rise as one of the best fast bowlers of the modern era across all three formats of the game.

Apart from his unique actions, Bumrah’s pace and accuracy make him arguably the world's best death bowler in the game. However, he is often compared with Lasith Malinga, but Venkatesh believes that the Indian pacer is opposite to the Sri Lanka pacer, though, their unorthodox action similar.

Prasad told “Bumrah is a completely different bowler because of his unorthodox action and is like Lasith Malinga. Bumrah comes like 11 o' clockish and not the other side. He is opposite to Malinga and it's not easy to pick such bowlers. That creates doubt because a batsman is not sure if it's coming into them or pitching straight.”

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The former pacer continued, “So that's why he is much more successful. His unique action is helping him a lot, actually. Indeed, it's a combination of a lot of things.”

He also opened up on the impact of T20 cricket and how it has affected the game, saying there is a number of innovations have been implemented, especially in terms of fast bowling.

Prasad concluded, “The game has been evolving so is pace bowling. Runs are being made at a rapid pace in Test cricket and similarly, in T20, the variations you see in bowling are amazing. Back of the hand, off-cutter, off-cutter bouncer then knuckleball and even yorker itself has gone into so many variations.”


By Rashmi Nanda - 02 Jun, 2021

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