IPL 2020: ‘Absolutely phenomenal’ – Shane Watson names Indian bowler in his list of Top 5 T20 bowlers

Chennai Super Kings opener Shane Watson has named Jasprit Bumrah as one of his top 5 bowlers in T20 history.

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Shane Watson
Shane Watson

Australia and Chennai Super Kings all-rounder Shane Watson named Jasprit Bumrah as one of the top 5 T20 bowlers of all time. Watson is among the most feared and talented cricketers in the world. He has been playing cricket for nearly two decades and has terrorized many a bowler in the world.

He is now turning up for Indian Premier League team Chennai Super Kings. After a lean patch in the first four matches, the burly Australian came good in the fifth match against Kings XI Punjab with a ‘Man of the Match’ performance.

‘Facing Bumrah is a challenge’ – Watson

Jasprit Bumrah

Shane Watson on being asked to name the Top 5 T20 bowlers of all time in T20s. He named Lasith Malinga, Shahid Afridi, Jasprit Bumrah, Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine.

“The first one in my top 5 T20 bowlers of all time is the greatest T20 bowler, Lasith Malinga… His execution of yorkers is something that has not been seen before and might not be seen again for a long period of time,” Watson spoke of the Sri Lankan fast-bowler.

“Number two is Shahid Afridi. I am just talking about his bowling right now, he is obviously an incredibly dynamic batsman but from bowling perspective, he is the perfect T20 bowler. He is a wicket-taker but also, he does not concede that many runs. And that is a T20 bowler you always need in your team,” he added.

“Bumrah is number 3. He, for me, is an all-round package. He is only 26 at the moment but the dominance that he has had in T20 cricket so far as a bowler is absolutely phenomenal,” Watson said.

“He has got speed, he can swing the bowl both ways, he has got a great change of pace, his execution of his yorkers is incredible as well… Facing him is a huge challenge, he has got so many different high-quality bowling options and you got to be absolutely on your game to be able to score and put him under pressure. I am sure he will be absolutely great at the end of his career in T20 cricket alone with incredible skills that he has got,” he added.

Watson signed off naming CSK teammate Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine as the other two bowlers in his list of all-time greats.

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