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Abdul Razzaq Explains Why He Called Jasprit Bumrah A ‘Baby Bowler’

Abdul Razzaq Explains Why He Called Jasprit Bumrah A ‘Baby Bowler’
Abdul Razzaq (Credit: Getty Images)

Former Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq has been in the news with his controversial statements on Indian cricketers. Last year, he grabbed the headlines with his comments on fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah calling him a ‘baby bowler’. Finally, the former cricketer has expressed the rationale behind his statements.

Since impressing first in the Indian Premier League, Bumrah has shot to fame in a short time. He has gone on to become India’s strike bowler across formats and has also dominated the ICC Rankings. Currently, Jasprit Bumrah one of the fast bowler in the business giving nightmares to the batters from the world.

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Meanwhile, Abdul Razzaq stirred controversy when he called Bumrah a ‘baby bowler’ last year. However, the former cricket has admitted that media misconstructed his statements but maintained that the quality of bowlers when he played was far superior.

“I do not have anything personal against Bumrah. I was simply comparing him with the likes of Glenn McGrath, Wasim Akram, Curtly Ambrose, Shoaib Akhtar. It would have been much tougher to face them. My comments were misconstrued,” Razzaq said to PTI. 

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“He is heading towards becoming a world-class bowler. But in our times, the bowlers were of much higher calibre. Not many can dispute that,” he added. 

Furthermore, Abdul Razzaq believes the standard of cricket has gone down in the last few years. The cricketer from Pakistan blamed the rise of T20 cricket as the main reason behind the slump in the game while justifying that no teams are producing quality cricketers nowadays.

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“You don’t feel the same pressure facing the current crop of pacers. Overall, there is a bad patch in world cricket. We are not producing world-class players the way we used to 10-15 years ago. You had Tendulkar, Zaheer, Sehwag, Ganguly in the same team. They would have walked into any team. Maybe too much T20 cricket is responsible for this decline,” he concluded. 

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