ODI World Cup 2023: While most may have felt it would be Shami following his good show in Lucknow, Akram picked Bumrah as the best pacer in the world currently.
Lucknow: It was an evening to remember for the Indian pacers who wreaked havoc against the English batters in Lucknow during a World Cup match. It was Jasprit Bumrah who provided the early breakthroughs for India by getting two in two. And then, it was over to Mohammed Shami, who continued his good run of form to pick four wickets and decimate England. Following the win, former Pakistan cricketing legend Wasim Akram picked the best bowler in the world currently. While most may have felt it would be Shami following his good show in Lucknow, Akram picked Bumrah as the best pacer in the world currently.
“He (Bumrah) is the best in the world right now. Top of the ladder! The control, the pace, the variations, just a complete bowler. A treat to watch,” Akram told the A Sports.
“With the new ball, to get this kind of movement on this kind of pitch … pace, carry, follow-through… you name it he’s a complete bowler,” he added.
“When Bumrah is bowling to a left-hander from around the wicket and hits the ball on the seam… And when he’s bowling from wide of the crease, the batter will think the ball is coming inside,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, India beat England by 100 runs to reclaim the top spot in the points table. This was the sixth consecutive win for the Men in Blue. England languish at the bottom with this fourth consecutive loss in the tournament.
This was India’s 59th World Cup win, surpassing New Zealand’s 58. Australia leads the chart with 73 wins. On the other hand, England have a lot to worry about as they have failed to even reach the 200-run mark in the last three ODIs.