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Test cricket: Jasprit Bumrah has taken pitch out of equation, says Dale Steyn

I don’t think there are any Test bowlers right now who are able to run in and bowl essentially wicket-taking yorkers, says former South Africa pacer

PTI Cape Town Published 10.02.24, 04:56 AM
Jasprit Bumrah.

Jasprit Bumrah. Getty Images

With his unconventional action, toe-crushing yorkers and disconcerting pace, India’s Jasprit Bumrah has taken the pitch out of the equation on his way to acquiring legendary status, says former South Africa pacer Dale Steyn.

“I don’t think there are any Test bowlers right now who are able to run in and bowl essentially wicket-taking yorkers. To take wickets in Test matches, there are probably a handful of guys who could do that. Trent Boult was one of those, Mitchell Starc maybe. And obviously, Bumrah,” Steyn said on Friday.

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“I remember saying ages back that a good yorker bo­wled in India or South Africa or Australia remains a good yorker because you take the surface out of it, doesn’t matter where you bowled it.

“You take the pitch away and I think that’s one thing that he’s done really well.

“All round, he’s a fantastic bowler. And it’s no surprise with his skiddy kind of action that he’s got that. He takes wickets on those docile pitches, so he’s fantastic,” Steyn added.

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