Bond says Bumrah is best

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Mumbai Indians bowling coach Shane Bond has described Jasprit Bumrah as the best white-ball bowler in the world.

Bumrah used the Indian Premier League to launch himself onto the international stage where he has quickly enhanced his reputation.

Few seamers are able to restrict scoring like the slippery Mumbai Indians paceman whether it be in the powerplay or at the death.

Bond told reporters: “Jasprit is the No.1 bowler in the short form of the game.

“If you talk to anybody in world cricket about the short form game, they will talk about this bloke at the top of the tree.

“Every team is looking for someone who can do a job at the end of the innings in particular and there is no better bowler than Jasprit.”

Bumrah has some impressive backup at the Mumbai franchise with Pat Cummins and Mustafizur Rahman replacing Mitchell Johnson and Lasith Malinga for the 2018 IPL.

The 24-year-old speedster made an impressive start to his Test career troubling South Africa on their own patch, claiming 14 wickets in three Tests.

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Bond feels that Bumrah is now a leader in the Indians dressing room bringing his international experience to the three-time IPL champions.

The coach added: “His start in the Test cricket has been fantastic as well.

“Over the period of three years, everyone has seen him develop into a fine all-round bowler across all formats.

“He has grown up as a person, he is a senior player now. I met him three years ago for the first time. He is still the same — humble and wants to work hard.

“I think he is a complete bowler. The first thing you talk about him is his yorker. He has also got a good bouncer, moves the ball both ways and hits the wicket hard.

“He has got a very good slower ball and a very good read on the game. The more he plays at the international level he is going to get better and better and is a big asset to Indian cricket.”

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