Indian fast pitcher Jasprit ‘Boom’ Bumrah starred in the fourth day of testing against England … now his IPL bowling coach explains what makes his unorthodox action so special – and so difficult to to play against !
- Jasprit Bumrah led India to a brilliant victory on the last day of the Fourth Test
- The prolific fate of the fast bowler after lunch led to England’s downfall on Monday
- Sportsmail spoke to his bowling coach at the Mumbai Indians about his action
- Shane Bond insists Bumrah’s unusual action didn’t need to be faked
It is fitting that a bowler known as the “Boom” is the man who left England’s ambitions to win the Test Series against India.
Jasprit Bumrah’s scorching Yorkers on Day 5 of the Oval led India to a first victory in South London since 1971.
The 27-year-old’s swing may look like a dressage horse put to the test and his bowling arm may not go through a classic angle, but India’s fastest 100-wicket pitcher illustrated that you don’t need purist action to be successful on the bigger stage.
Jasprit Bumrah won the fourth test for India with a brilliant spell after lunch on the fifth day
India’s fast bowler celebrates after his Yorker defeats England drummer Jonny Bairstow
Shane Bond, Bumrah’s bowling coach at Mumbai Indians, praised the Indian fashion designer
A fact that Shane Bond, Bumrah’s bowling coach with the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League for seven years, knows all too well.
“We spent seven years together and you get to know someone well,” Bond said. Sportsmail.
“It was this nervous, skinny kid who had just come out of a knee reconstruction and hadn’t played more than a few games in my first season (in the IPL). The next thing he’s playing for India and he’s now one of the best in the world.
“There are certain things in his action that make him unique and that’s also what makes him so great. People mention its momentum and it’s probably too loose a term to call it that, it’s more of a stuttering walk.
And although Bond laughs as he admits to imitating Bumrah’s idiosyncrasies at times during Mumbai’s IPL warm-ups – much to the player’s amusement – he never felt the need to tamper with his action.
“A lot of times when he warms up I imitate him and throw the ball back. He looks at me and shakes his head, ”says Bond.
Bumrah’s mannerisms were fully observed during his stints in the heat of the Oval on Monday. He may have only picked up two wickets – breaking through the defenses of Ollie Pope and Jonny Bairstow to turn the game in India’s favor after lunch – but his 22 overs only lasted 27 races so that he kept the pressure.
Bumrah’s 22 overs totaled just 29 points as he kept the pressure on the Oval hosts
It was the perfect demonstration of why Bumrah is both the key man in Virat Kohli’s bowling attack and one of the toughest bowlers to face in international cricket.
“He has these amazing soft wrists so he can move it around, which gives him the ability to swing the ball,” says Bond.
“And his bowling stance, most people deliver it here (Bond raises his bowling hand parallel to his ear), as he delivers it far in front of him so the batsman has less time to adjust.
“It makes his bouncer so hard to see. Most other bowlers will use a method that stands out – he just flicks his wrist and whammo, it’s up to you. That’s why he’s rushing guys.
There is often an accusation that young bowlers in England are too trained, that anyone with an action out of the ordinary is immediately targeted for a catch-up job. Even Jimmy Anderson fell victim to some action tinkering early in his career. For Bond, however, there is no right or wrong way to bowling. Only effective or ineffective methods.
Bumrah has certainly turned the tide in favor of India and will seek to do the same at Old Trafford
“In terms of action, we never really tinkered with it,” he says. “We’ve talked about where he plays on the crease, but how he plays makes him brilliant to work with.
This is what I find most interesting about bowling. I have parents who call me and say, “Can you watch my son’s action and tell me if it’s good or not?” I’m like, I got the chance to work with (Trent) Boult, (Lasith) Malinga, (Mitchell) Johnson, (Mitchell) McClenaghan in Bumrah – all these guys are so different but all awesome.
“You realize, it’s not about how he looks and you only need to change the action of a pitcher if it doesn’t cause problems for the hitters on the other end. I would say it wasn’t a problem for the types I listed, so why would you want to change it? “
With the final test starting on Friday, it’s England’s fortunes that need to change.
The bad news for Joe Root is that the metronome Bumrah will pick up at Old Trafford where it left off at The Oval.