West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding said that due to the short runup, the batsmen have difficulty in assessing the pace of the Indian paceman Jasprit Bumrah. Holding also said that Bumrah cannot continue this for long. The former veteran, who has created a famous quartet of West Indies fast bowlers along with Malcolm Marshall, Joel Garner and Andy Roberts, said Bumrah has a special ability to hit the ball fast on the pitch with a short runup.
Holding the 68-year-old at the Sony 10 Pit Stop event, Bumrah slams the ball fast on the pitch. With small runups this makes them special. It becomes difficult for batsmen to read his ball.
He said that it has its advantages but also its disadvantages. He said, ‘I have told him my problem with Bumrah. I last saw him in England. How long he will be able to continue with such a small runup and so hard work. His body is also of human beings, he is not a machine. ‘
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Bumrah remained off the field for four months due to a lower back strain fracture. He returned in January this year. Holding said that Bumrah and Mohammed Shami are special fast bowlers of India and this is not due to ‘just the speed of the ball’.
Holding said, “Speed is important, but it is effective only when it is controlled.” They both have control. Shami is not very tall, he is not very agile but he throws fast balls. He has control and also swings the ball a little bit. ‘