Bumrah will be a great asset to India at the World Cup: Sachin Tendulkar
Jasprit Bumrah was the joint-highest wicket taker in the four Tests, with 21 wickets from 943 balls, giving away just 357 runs in the process. @ AFP

India icon Sachin Tendulkar reckons Jasprit Bumrah will be a great asset to Virat Kohli and Co. at the ICC World Cup 2019. Bumrah, who has been rested for the ongoing tour of New Zealand, following a superlative effort in India’s historic Test series win in Australia.

Bumrah was the joint-highest wicket taker in the four Tests, with 21 wickets from 943 balls, giving away just 357 runs in the process. “Honestly, I had seen this coming,” Tendulkar was quoted as saying by Sportstar on Monday. (ALSO READ: ICC ODI rankings: Trent Boult surges to third, MS Dhoni jumps three spots)

“I am not surprised by Bumrah’s success. Having spent time with him and seen his sincere and honest efforts to improve and learn, I always knew it was a matter of time before he would rattle the best batsmen in the world.

“I have seen from close quarters how he looks to improve. In 2015, I had seen his ability to win a battle. With Kane Williamson in batting, I had said Bumrah would make his mark. I am happy he has,” the batting maestro explained.

Tendulkar believes Bumrah’s precision and consistency makes him a lethal bowler for opposition sides to face.

“His action and deceptive bowling, plus the consistency to take wickets, make him a dangerous bowler. He knows how to execute his plans. Bumrah will be a big threat to the opposition and a great asset to India at the World Cup,” he said. (ALSO READ: R Ashwin deals with injuries: It has not missed even Sir Don Bradman or Sachin Tendulkar)

Tendulkar was also delighted with another young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, who has scored two centuries and two half-centuries in nine Tests so far.

“Rishabh has terrific prospects in international cricket. He has a great future, but he must keep his head on his shoulders and look to enjoy his game. If he keeps his focus he will play long because things will happen around his cricket essentially. I have liked his approach and the fact that he is fearless,” said Tendulkar.