English all-rounder Chris Woakes has showered praise on India’s star paceman Jasprit Bumrah, declaring him the best fast bowler across all cricket formats. Woakes was particularly impressed by Bumrah’s distinctive bowling action, which makes him a formidable force in limited-overs cricket.
In an interview with Wisden Cricket Monthly, Woakes expressed his admiration for Bumrah, stating, “Jasprit Bumrah is, in my opinion, the number one fast bowler in the world, and this applies to all formats. He’s truly sensational in what he does, and he’s truly unique, isn’t he? His bowling action is unlike anyone else’s, and he possesses remarkable attributes – high pace, a deadly slower ball, and an impeccable yorker – everything you need as a white-ball bowler.”
Bumrah made a remarkable comeback to international cricket after an 11-month hiatus due to injury, during which he underwent back surgery. His return saw him leading the Indian team in a three-match T20I series against Ireland, where he picked up four wickets in two matches, with the third game being abandoned due to rain.
Bumrah played a pivotal role in India’s victorious campaign in the 2023 Asia Cup, spearheading the Indian bowling attack as they secured their eighth Asia Cup title in Sri Lanka.
In September 2022, Bumrah suffered a back injury that sidelined him from several crucial tournaments, including the Asia Cup and the T20 World Cup. He underwent back surgery in New Zealand in March 2023 and has been undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru since then.
What sets Bumrah apart is his unique slinging action, combined with pinpoint accuracy and disciplined line and length. These attributes make him one of the most challenging bowlers to face in all formats of the game. His mastery of slower deliveries at the death and impeccable yorkers often troubles even the most accomplished batsmen.
As the 2023 World Cup approaches, Bumrah is expected to be India’s go-to bowler, and with the conditions on Indian pitches, he is poised to become even more lethal.