World's best yorker bowler
Team India pacer Jasprit Bumrah

India and Mumbai Indians pacer Jasprit Bumrah lavished praise on his veteran Mumbai Indians teammate Lasith Malinga. Bumrah said that Malinga is “the best yorker bowler in the world.”

Bumrah is himself renowned for his ability with the yorker and has in the past credited Malinga for helping him with the craft.

“Malinga is the best yorker bowler in the world and has used it for such a long period of time to the best of his advantage,” he said according to a tweet by MI.

Earlier, Bumrah said that he is not too troubled by the banning of hugs and high fives while celebrating as the International Cricket Council (ICC) mulls a way to get cricket underway again amid the coronavirus pandemic.

However, he said there needs to be an alternative to the usage of saliva on the ball if it is banned.

“I was not much of a hugger anyway! And not a high-five person as well, so that doesn’t trouble me a lot. The only thing that interests me is the saliva bit,” Bumrah told Ian Bishop and Shaun Pollock on the ICC’s video series Inside Out interviews.

“I don’t know what guidelines we’ll have to follow when we come back, but I feel there should be an alternative. If the ball is not well maintained, it’s difficult for the bowlers.

“The grounds are getting shorter and shorter, the wickets are becoming flatter and flatter. So we need something, some alternative for the bowlers to maintain the ball so that it can do something — maybe reverse in the end or conventional swing,” he added.

World's best Yorker bowler
Bumrah points Malinga as “the best yorker bowler in the world.”

Bumrah’s Bowling Action 

Bumrah made his international debut in January 2016 and reached the 2nd place in ODI bowler’s ranking after Trent Boult in a very short period. His unconventional bowling action has been a subject of much discussion over the years but the 26-year-old has learned to block out the noise.

“I have never been coached a lot. I never did any kind of professional coaching or went to any professional camps. All my cricket till date has been self-taught,” he revealed in an exclusive interview for the ICC.

“Everything I have learnt is through television … maybe watching videos. So, I don’t know how this action developed. There’s no proper reasoning. But yeah, there’s always some people doubting that we should change this or not. But, I’ve never really listened to them quite a lot. I’ve kept on working on it and worked on developing my strengths.”

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