There was a time, until not very long ago, when an average Indian childhood would be incomplete without trying to ape the action of some famed fast bowler in international cricket.
For kids growing up in the ‘70s, it was Jeff Thomson and Dennis Lillee. Through the ‘80s, the feared West Indian pace attack gripped the minds – and actions – of Indian teens. In more recent decades, Glenn McGrath and Brett Lee have been crowd favourites.
Well... the tables are turning!
Two days after India completed a historic maiden Test series triumph on Australian soil, a video of a little boy in Australia trying to copy Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling action is going viral on the internet.
The 25-year-old pacer – Indian Test cricket’s biggest find of 2018 – was the joint-highest wicket-taker in the recently-concluded Border-Gavaskar Trophy, finishing with 21 scalps from four Tests.
Bumrah was magnanimous enough to respond to the tweet, saying: “The kid is so cute. Give him my best wishes.”
The kid is so cute . Give him my best wishes ?.— Jasprit bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) January 9, 2019
Bumrah, along with Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami, formed the backbone of India’s monumental victory. The trio accounted for 48 wickets in the series, and also broke a long-standing record belonging to the legendary West Indian pace attack from the 1980s with their overall haul of wickets through 2018.
The success of the Indian pace battery had already led to the world hailing them as among the best fast-bowling units of recent times.
The video of the Australian kid aping Bumrah’s action sent many an Indian Twitter user into nostalgia-ridden elation.
I was a kid of the seventies and eighties, of the times of Lillee and Thomson and Roberts and Holding and Pascoe and McDermott and I cannot tell you how much pleasure it gives me to see an Australian kid imitating an Indian fast bowler! https://t.co/fXsPooNE8K— Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) January 9, 2019
From Indian kids copying Lee/McGrath/Warne to aussie kids copying Bumrah/Kuldeep...Indian pace attack has came a long way indeed— Vaibhav Vinay (@vaibbs11) January 9, 2019
This is what I admire about the Aussies. They are very gracious in defeat, especially if the Cricket has been good. Noticed during the series in 2001 and 2005 Ashes as well.— Atul Bhogle (@atulbhogle) January 9, 2019
Well just love these Aussie's....they play hard and they play fair.Maybe the ball tampering saga can be overlooked as almost every team has done it before?— Srinitish (@Srinitish1) January 9, 2019
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