"Only Bumrah is executing yorkers consistently": Brett Lee

29 May,2024 03:28 PM IST |  Mumbai  |  mid-day online correspondent

On a general rule, other than Bumrah, we haven`t seen enough fast bowlers nailing their yorkers recently, said Brett Lee. As the T20 format progresses, the game is more favouring batsmen. With the inclusion of the Impact Player rule in the IPL, bowlers struggle to deliver performances during the matches

Jasprit Bumrah (Pic: File Pic)

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Former Australian pacer Brett Lee feels that apart from Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah, other speedsters are failing to bowl yorkers effectively in death overs. Currently, Bumrah is the most complete bowler in world cricket. The pacer has the ability to bowl wicket-taking deliveries without conceding many runs, but the most dangerous delivery in his armoury is the yorker.

"On a general rule, other than Bumrah, we haven't seen enough fast bowlers nailing their yorkers recently", said Brett Lee.

"I want to see fast bowlers bowl more yorkers. I still don't reckon they execute enough yorkers at the death," Lee said at the launch of the Legends Intercontinental T20 league recently.

With the recently concluded IPL featuring scores in excess of 200 regularly, Lee believes the fast bowlers would be more economical had they nailed yorkers.

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"If you look back at 17 years of Indian Premier League, on average a yorker goes for a strike rate of less than 100. Which tells me that one run or less per bowler that's executed.

"Now, when you bowl a yorker and you've got guys who can go down and scoop you over the head, well that puts pressure on you as a bowler. "You've got to set in the right field and put two men back, third man fine and back and then bowl," Lee added.

As the T20 format progresses, the game is more favouring batsmen. With the inclusion of the "Impact Player" rule in the IPL, bowlers struggle to deliver performances during the matches.

Lee, like several other former players, called for a balance between bat and ball. "I'm all for batters smoking the ball all over, but there has got to be something for the bowlers too. I'm not asking for a green top, where teams bowled out for 110, because that's not good for cricket either.

"You want a good total, I think. Anywhere around that 185 mark to 230 is a good score. We've seen scores now of 265, 270, 277. "It's really hard because most bowlers now are going for 45 to 50 off their four overs," he said.

Australia's youngster, Jake Fraser-McCGurk impressed everyone with his performances in his IPL debut. Following that, the batsman has earned his spot in Australia's T20 World Cup 2024 squad.

However, Australian selectors decided to go with their traditional opening batsman David Warner who is set to pull the curtains on his career. Along with him, the Australian top order will also have the likes of Travis Head and Mitchell Marsh.

McGurk, who is a top-order batter and Warner's Delhi Capitals teammate, though has been named as a travelling reserve. "David Warner has earned that right to go out on his own terms. And if things don't happen for whatever reason, then he's (McGurk) definitely there to take part," Lee said.

Despite not having a great run in the IPL 2024, Warner has accumulated 834 runs in T20 format since 2021.

He was woefully out of form ahead of the 2021 T20 World Cup but ended up being the player of the tournament, playing a vital role in Australia's maiden World Cup win in the shortest format.

On the other hand, 22-year-old McGurk, who was called in as a replacement for Lungi Ngidi at Delhi Capitals, gave an excellent display of explosive batsmanship, smashing four half-centuries in nine games at an astronomical strike rate exceeding 234. "I think if you go over there as a reserve batsman, you definitely have a chance to get an opportunity. "That happened this year with the Delhi Capitals, he wasn't even picked in the squad.

"Ricky Ponting rang him up late night and said come in and had a few injuries. So right time, right place. "But the advice to him, and he articulated it beautifully to say that he's only 22 years of age (araam se araam se) . He's got time. There's no point rushing it," Lee said.

(With PTI Inputs)

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