‘Jasprit Bumrah is less threatening than Shaheen Afridi’
Jasprit Bumrah and Shaheen Shah Afridi are two of contemporary cricket’s finest pacers
While Bumrah made his debut in 2016, Afridi got his Pakistan cap in 2018
Aqib Javed said Bumrah’s graph is stable while Afridi is on the rise
On Sunday, former Pakistan pacer Aqib Javed compared two young stalwarts of modern-era cricket - Jasprit Bumrah of India and Pakistan sensation Shaheen Afridi.
Speaking to Paktv.tv, the 1992 World Cup-winning cricketer said that Bumrah's graph has been stable, but he is a far less aggressive bowler than his Pakistani counterpart Shaheen, who is now at the very beginning of his career. Javed said Shaheen produced more threatening performances across formats than the Indian.
“The way Haris has bowled in the last few years, his average bowling speed is the fastest in the world. And the aggression he has, the way he runs, the batsman knows that the bowler is running towards him, but Bumrah's isn't that aggressive. And people enjoy these kind of bowlers who have such body language. Shaheen's graph is on the rise, while Bumrah is stable. He has less threatening performances than Shaheen, whether it's in T20s, ODIs or in Tests. And the rise of Pakistan cricket largely has depended on performances from Shaheen, Haris Rauf, Shadab Khan, Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan,” he said.
The Pakistani bowling star Shaheen recently won the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year 2021. Last year, the youngster took 78 wickets in 36 internationals at an average of 22.20. He also played a pivotal role for Pakistan in their run to the T20 World Cup semi-final in the UAE where he picked seven wickets in six matches which included the wickets of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli in the group-stage match against India.
Bumrah, who is presently part of the Mumbai Indians squad in IPL 2022, has already represented India in 156 international games, picking 303 wickets. In international cricket, the 28-year-old picked up 227 wickets across three formats at an average of 5.23.