Times of India – JOHANNESBURG: It’s wasn’t entirely convincing to many at the start of this tour to South Africa when India travelled with an uncapped bowler in right-arm pacer Jasprit Bumrah and decided to play him right in the first Test.

Summary

  • JOHANNESBURG: It’s wasn’t entirely convincing to many at the start of this tour to South Africa when India travelled with an uncapped bowler in right-arm pacer Jasprit Bumrah and decided to play him right in the first Test.
  • Like many who’ve played their cricket the traditional way – of having come up the ranks through the domestic grind in the longer formats – Pollock took time before arriving at the conclusion that Bumrah is “different”.
  • His action is different, he bowls wide of the crease, he is skiddier and rushed batsmen a little bit,” says Pollock.Bumrah is a good reason why ‘old school’ Pollock believes youngsters, these days “are all learning on the job”.
  • In that, Pollock believes Bumrah’s big challenge in Test cricket will be when he gets back to India and bowls on surfaces that don’t assist mere pace.
  • The bowling was good and if you can keep those bowlers as a group, there is no reason why India can’t be successful in England and Australia,” he says.He was however critical of India’s approach in Tests.


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