IPL 2020: Would have preferred facing Kapil Dev and Javagal Srinath instead of Jasprit Bumrah: Brian Lara

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One of the greatests of the game, Brian Lara would not have preferred facing India and Mumbai Indians pacer Jasprit Bumrah in his playing days. The West Indies legend has himself admitted to it, saying that the challenge of facing him would have been exceptional. Lara, the only batsman on the planet to score 400 runs in an innings of a Test match, has added that he would have rather faced former India pacers Javagal Srinath and Manoj Prabhakar.

However, Brian Lara also added that he would not have backed away, adding that someone like former South Africa quick Makahya Ntini had a similiar bowling angle. The 51-year-old reckoned that Bumrah along with Rajasthan Royals' English quick Jofra Archer can be counted amongst the greats of "any era of cricket".

“I think I would’ve preferred facing Kapil Dev, Javagal Srinath and Manoj Prabhakar rather than Bumrah (laughs),” Lara told Hindustan Times.

“But yes, the challenge would have been exceptional. You know, back in my day you had someone like Makhaya Ntini, who had a similar sort of angle to his delivery. So, there can be some comparisons to people I played against. I know I would not have backed away.

“Bumrah and Archer could stand up and be counted in any era of cricket. Whether they were playing in the 2000s, 90s, 80s or even the 70s, they would be up there. And I am not belittling anyone from the past. But these two would be in the echelons of fast bowling in any era I have watched, played in, or am still watching," Lara added.

Switching to Test cricket will not be difficult for Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah

Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami, according to Brian Lara are fast bowlers who bowl Test match lengths even when playing T20 cricket and so switching to Test cricket in the upcoming tour of Australia will not be an issue for them.

“Why Bumrah and Shami are so successful is because they bowl Test match lengths in T20s. You don’t see them overdoing the slower balls. They look to hit the seam, hit the stumps. Or they try to get the edge of the bat, bowl sharp and short balls and get batsmen in trouble. So, switching to Test cricket against Australia will be a very easy task for them,” Lara added.

Notably, Jasprit Bumrah with 27 wickets in the ongoing IPL 2020 is the current Purple Cap holder and will next be seen in the final of Tuesday.

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