Jasprit Bumrah could be bowling in Test cricket for India soon: Glenn McGrath to India Today
Australian greats continue to mentor Indian fast bowlers through the MRF pace foundation. After Dennis Lillee, it’s Glenn McGrath who now serves as the director of the foundation and he opines that the current Indian fast bowling stock is top class.In an interview to India Today, McGrath was all praise for Umesh Yadav and he also predicted that Jasprit Bumrah has Test cricket calibre in him.Here are the excerpts from the interview:Q. Our questions to Dennis Lillee as MRF director earlier would be centred around what it would take for Indian fast bowlers to be strong and effective. Indian fast bowling has evolved since. The areas you would be addressing would be a lot different?Look, fast bowling is still tough. You still have to work hard and get the basics right. Indian cricket has great facilities now. And, you have four fast bowlers who have more experience and confidence than earlier. All that has helped make them greater cricketers. It’s a much better situation now.Q. One of the four, Umesh has some pace in him. You look at him as a much better fast bowler to the one who went to Australia three years ago?Without a doubt Umesh knows himself better now with the experience of bowling day in and day out. What I like about him is he bowls good pace but still has better control. He knows what he is doing with his movement rather than spraying it here and there. All those things are about experience and going out there and doing it over and over again. It’s about knowing how to recover for the next match. He is doing exceptionally well at the moment.advertisementQ. Shami, Bhuvaneswar and Ishant Sharma combine with Umesh currently to make the fast bowling quartet.Indians bowlers are doing well at the moment and once you are doing well day in and day out as a group, you get to know how they work. Bowling like batting is about working in partnerships. Yadav has pace, Shami and Kumar have good swing. Ishant has experience and they all compliment each other as a group.Q. You have seen Bumrah bowl but he is yet to break into the Test side. Ricky Ponting, who worked as a coach with his IPL side, had advocated he should get the Test cap. Bumrah has worked with us in MRF earlier. He has something quite unique in his action and you don’t want to change much about such blokes. The way they bowl is how they bowl. He bowls really good yorkers and does really well with that in the shorter version. But that does not mean he cannot succeed in Test cricket. It’s about having a good game plan in the Test version and knowing where to bowl. The more he plays he will know. If he can improve his longer version game, he could be bowling for India soon.