India’s seniormost player Ishant Sharma finds it “funny” that people are questioning Jasprit Bumrah’s “ability” just after a few matches, ignoring his performances over the past two years. “It’s funny that perceptions changed after one innings. For two years, we have always taken 20 wickets, myself, Boom (Bumrah’s nickname in Indian dressing room) and Shami along with Ash or Jaddu (at home). How can people question on the basis of one innings (Test)?” Ishant asked while defending his colleague. “I don’t think anyone doubts Boom’s ability. Since his debut, what he has achieved for India, I don’t think anyone should raise any questions,” said Ishant. Bumrah also had support from New Zealand pacer Tim Southee, who called him a “world class bowler” and found nothing wrong in his execution.
“I don’t think there’s anything wrong. He is a world-class bowler. He is obviously coming back from injury, but he is a quality player, and we know a great performance is never far away when you’re a quality player,” Southee said.