Jasprit Bumrah picked up his seventh five-wicket haul during the Newlands Test against South Africa and former India opener Gautam Gambhir has said that no top batter would want to face him given that he has been at his threatening best.
Bumrah finished with figures of 5 for 42 to help India bowl the Proteas out for 210, giving his side a slender 13-run lead.
Speaking of Bumrah, Gambhir said, “More than the fear, he was threatening throughout the day, in this innings, and probably throughout the series. The kind of lengths which he bowled, kept testing the batter.
"Ask any top batsman. No one would want to face him. He bowls so close to the stumps that he is always in or around off-stump. And from there on, he gets the movement and from there on he gets the edges."
Gambhir also said that Mohammed Shami is one of the best red-ball cricketers going around. “I think Mohammed Shami or Jasprit Bumrah will keep challenging any batter. More me, Mohammed Shami is relentless and he’s very threatening. He is probably one of the best bowlers going around in red-ball cricket,” Gambhir added.
India will resume Day Three of the Newlands Test on 57 for 2, having secured a lead of 70 runs with eight wickets in and.
The likes of Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant will hope to set the hosts a target close to the 300-run mark.