Former New Zealand speedster Shane Bond, who is now the bowling coach of the Mumbai Indians, has said that he has played a significant role in shaping India’s star pacer Jasprit Bumrah’s career.
The Mumbai Indians fast bowler, who will lead India’s attack in the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand, voiced his thoughts in a video posted by his IPL team.
“I always try to talk to him even when I am not here and with the Indian team. So, it’s been a good journey, and hopefully, every year I keep learning something new and try to add new things to my bowling. He has played a major role in that. It’s been a great relationship so far, and hopefully, this continues for many many years to come,” Bumrah said in the video.
He said that he was always impressed with how Bond bowled during his playing days and that he tries to talk with the MI bowling coach even when he is on India duty. Bumrah, who has played 19 Tests so far, said Bond helped him a lot in broadening his horizons, which helped him blossom as a cricketer.
"As a child, I'd seen Bond bowl and was always very fascinated with how he used to bowl." – @Jaspritbumrah93 🤩
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 14, 2021
Bond, for his part, referred to Bumrah as the world’s greatest death bowler.
Trent Boult, a seasoned New Zealand left-arm pacer, also praised Bond, saying that he was a ‘tremendous thinker of the game and a pretty good tactician.’
“He has been here for a long time, he knows what he is doing and he puts in a lot of work into making sure that the bowlers are well equipped and have got enough information to make some decisions on the day. Yeah, really enjoy working with him,” said the 71 Test experienced, Boult.