IPL 2020: Mumbai Indians’ pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah featured in Chennai Super Kings opener Shane Watson’s list of top five T20 bowlers of all time.
Jasprit Bumrah’s impact has been absolutely phenomenal: Shane Watson. (Courtesy by BCCI)
- Shane Watson picked Jasprit Bumrah in his list of top five T20 bowlers of all time
- Malinga, Shahid Afridi, Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine also featured in the list
- Bumrah has got speed, he can swing the bowl both ways: Watson
Chennai Super Kings opener Shane Watson was full of praises for Mumbai Indians pacer Jasprit Bumrah as he picked the India star in his list of top five T20 bowlers of all time.
Watson believes Bumrah’s impact has been “absolutely phenomenal” and the India pacer will have a great career ahead due to his ability to swing the ball both ways.
Shane Watson named his list of top five T20 bowlers of all time in a Youtube video posted on T20 Stars’ Youtube channel. Sri Lanka legend Lasith Malinga, former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi and the West Indies duo of Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine featured in the list apart from Jasprit Bumrah.
— T20 Stars (@stars_t20) October 6, 2020
“The first one in my top 5 T20 bowlers of all time is the greatest T20 bowler, Lasith Malinga… His execution of yorkers is something that has not been seen before and might not be seen again for a long period of time,” Shane Watson was quoted as saying in the video.
“Number two is Shahid Afridi. I am just talking about his bowling right now, he is obviously an incredibly dynamic batsman but from bowling perspective, he is the perfect T20 bowler. He is a wicket-taker but also, he does not concede that many runs. And that is a T20 bowler you always need in your team,” Watson added.
“He, for me, is an all-round package. He is only 26 at the moment but the dominance that he has had in T20 cricket so far as a bowler is absolutely phenomenal,” Watson further said.
“Bumrah has got speed, he can swing the bowl both ways, he has got a great change of pace, the execution of his yorkers is incredible as well… Facing him is a huge challenge, he has got so many different high-quality bowling options and you got to be absolutely on your game to be able to score and put him under pressure. I am sure he will be absolutely great at the end of his career in T20 cricket alone with incredible skills that he has got,” he added.
Watson further named West Indies duo Bravo, who became the first bowler to reach the mark of 500 wickets in T20 cricket in August, and Narine.