Waugh hails ‘exceptional’ Bumrah, insists India have ‘best bowling line-up’


Former Australia skipper Steve Waugh hailed the “exceptional” Jasprit Bumrah while showering praise on India’s bowling lineup.

Waugh believes India have “the best fast bowling line-up in the world” but claims Australia will have the edge on home soil.

But he was clear that both set of bowlers have the talent and determination to take 20 wickets in a Test match.

“India has the best fast bowling line-up in the world when cricket is played in India, but Australian fast bowlers are deadly in Australia. When India come to Australia, the Aussies will have a slight edge. But, both teams know that the personnel they have at their disposal, they can take 20 wickets,” Waugh said on the sidelines of the Laureus Awards ceremony.

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Waugh also hailed Indian seamer Jasprit Bumrah and said that it is good that he was not coached in specific styles as that would have proven to be detrimental.

“He is exceptional. He is a unique talent. It’s great that he wasn’t coached styles because a lot of coaches would have told him ‘you need to run in quicker, or you cannot bowl that way’. They’ve let him to be natural, which is fantastic,” he said.

“He is an incredible asset for India, great stamina, accuracy, pace — he has got everything. He also seems to have pretty good temperament. He loves challenges and loves leading the attack. Virat Kohli is very lucky to have him in the attack,” he added.