One of Pakistan’s former all-rounders, Abdul Razzaq thinks that he would have easily played India’s speedster and the number 1 ranked ODI bowler Jasprit Bumrah in his playing days. Bumrah, who has been out of the action for a couple of months due to injury, has started his recovery process under IPL franchise Delhi Capitals’ trainer Rajnikanth Sivagnanam at the Mumbai Cricket Association.
He got injured in September and did not feature in the home series against South Africa and Bangladesh. He will not be a part of the upcoming limited-overs series against West Indies starting December 6.
“After having faced world class bowlers in my time, I would have had no problem against a bowler like Bumrah. Pressure would have been on him,” Abdul Razzaq told CricketPakistan. “I have played against great bowlers like Glenn Mcgrath and Wasim Akram, so Bumrah is a baby bowler in front of me and I could have easily dominated and attacked him.”
“Bumrah is doing very well and has improved a lot. He has an awkward action and hits the seam perfectly, which is why he is effective,” he added.
Jasprit Bumrah is expected to return to the team for next year’s tour of New Zealand where India will play five T20 Internationals, three One Day Internationals and two Tests which will begin from January 24.
Razzaq also shared his disappointment about the way the Pakistan team had been performing in recent times. They have badly lost the series by Australia in their recent tour.
“We were struggling to qualify for the World Cup, our Test ranking has gone down and we are lucky to be number one in Twenty20 Internationals. You can’t say we are No 1 because we are really good. Teams like India, England and Australia lost their matches and that helped us in securing the No 1 spot. We desperately need to improve our ranking in other formats and not just focus on player’s individual performances and averages,” he concluded.