In the second Test against England in Visakhapatnam, Bumrah played a pivotal role in India’s impressive victory, leveling the five-match series at 1-1.
Steyn praised the leading pacer for his remarkable ability to consistently deliver to wicket-taking yorkers, even on pitches in India known to provide less support to fast bowlers. He emphasized that only a select few players possess such a unique and impactful ability.
“I don’t think there is any Test bowler at the moment who can run and bowl essentially wicket-taking yorkers.
“To take wickets in Test matches, there are probably a handful of guys who could do it. Trent Boult was one of them, Mitchell Starc maybe. And obviously, Bumrah,” Steyn said on Friday.
He Eastern Cape sunrise The bowling coach was interacting with the Indian media on the eve of their SA20 title clash in Cape Town.
Contemplating Bumrah’s effectiveness in various conditions, Steyn emphasized the effectiveness of his unorthodox yet impactful bowling style.
“I remember saying a long time ago that a good yorker who bowls in India, South Africa or Australia is still a good yorker because you take away the surface, no matter where you bowl it.
“You take away the playing field and I think that’s something he’s done very well.
“Overall he’s a fantastic bowler. And it’s no surprise that with his kind of slippery action, he’s got that. He takes wickets on those tame deliveries, so he’s fantastic,” Steyn added.
The South African pace merchant further praised the depth of Indian fast bowling talent and expressed confidence in the team’s ability to manage the workload of key players, including Bumrah.
“Being an Indian player, there will be a lot of workload. India plays a lot of cricket, they are one of the most sought after teams in the world.
“It seems India don’t really miss him because the substitute bowlers are up to the task and it’s a huge credit to Indian cricket.”
Steyn also said the fundamentals of bowling, honed in test matches and four-day cricket, form the basis for success in T20s.
“I think good Test players are good T20 bowlers. They have good skills in terms of when to use a change of pace, when to use this slow ball, when to use their bounce,” he said.
“I hope a lot of bowlers wake up to that and realize that the more red-ball cricket they play, the better shorter format players they will become,” he said.
(With input from PTI)