Abdur Razzaq takes sly dig at Virat Kohli after Jasprit Bumrah comments, compares him to Sachin Tendulkar and call out weak era.
Abdur Razzaq has been in the news since yesterday, thanks to his comments on Bumrah and how his bowling wouldn’t have affected him.
Ever since the interview went viral, he has been mocked on various social media platforms, regarding the sheer ignorance of the man.
Jasprit Bumrah has been the lynchpin of the Indian attack in the last 18 months or so, and has shown the cricketing world that he is a complete, all format bowler, one that can trouble the batsmen anywhere in the world. His overseas Test bowling stints helped India get wins in England, South Africa and Australia, with batsmen of all teams hailing him as one of the best that they have ever faced.
The ‘era argument’ though always creeps into cricket and did so when Abdur Razzaq was talking about Bumrah and his prowess too. The former Pakistani all-rounder opined that Bumrah was a ‘baby bowler’ in front of him and he wouldn’t have too much trouble putting him away, as he has faced the likes of McGrath and has been successful against him.
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“I have played against great bowlers like Glenn McGrath and Wasim Akram, so Bumrah is a baby bowler in front of me and I could have easily dominated and attacked him,” Razzaq said in an interview.
“After having faced world-class bowlers in my time, I would have had no problem against a bowler like Bumrah. The pressure would have been on him,” he added.
Little did he know at that time that the Internet is a cruel place.
Indian fans dug out Razzaq’s statistics against McGrath and made a mockery of Razzaq’s comments. And while one would have thought that things would come to a standstill as far as Razzaq’s comments are concerned, his comments on Kohli haven’t been taken well too.
Razzaq has expressed that while Virat Kohli is scoring runs, his runs aren’t coming against strong oppositions and world class bowlers.
According to Razzaq, cricket’s golden period was during 1992-2007, when the ‘true’ greats of the game graced the field and that none of the current crop of players are anywhere close to them, a comment that is ridden with ‘legend bias’.
He feels that Kohli is nowhere in the same bracket as Sachin Tendulkar, and that is largely because his runs are coming in a ‘weak era’.
If you speak to players from 1992 to 2007, they will tell you what cricket was,” Razzaq said.
“There were world class players at that time. Now there are no longer world class players. There is no depth in bowling, batting or fielding. It is all basic now.
“If Virat Kohli scores, he scores. Yeah, he is a good player for them and is performing consistently, but you cannot place him in the same category as Sachin Tendulkar. He belongs to a different category,” he further added.
Virat Kohli is currently on course to break all of Sachin’s ODI records and has been regarded as one of the very few to be as good, if not better than the great Sachin Tendulkar. What do you feel about Razzaq’s comments?