Having squared off against some of the quickest and toughest fast bowlers at the international stage, Pakistan batsman Shan Masood has picked India star Jasprit Bumrah as a challenge he would like to take on. Also Read - BCCI to Not Sever Ties With IPL Title Sponsor VIVO if Exit Clause Favours The Chinese Company
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“I think when we talk about fast-bowlers around the world, I have never played against Bumrah. That is a challenge that I would want to take on,” Masood said in an interview to Cricast on YouTube. Also Read - Police Question Sri Lanka Legend Aravinda de Silva Over 2011 World Cup Final Fixing Allegations
Masood made his international debut in 2013, and has since played 20 Tests and five ODIs for Pakistan.
He mainly features in Test cricket, having scored 1189 runs at 46.62 including three centuries and six fifties.
Among the pacers he has faced till date, South African superstar Dale Steyn is Masood’s favourite.
“Talking about the best bowlers that I have played against in recent times, my personal favourite has always been Dale Steyn. Australia’s Pat Cummins is also up there. Looking at the past I would have to name (Kagiso) Rabada and (James) Anderson has also taken my wicket many times,” he said.
However, Australian Cummins, the top-ranked bowler in Test cricket, has been the toughest to negotiate for the 30-year-old batsman. “I found Pat Cummins to be the toughest bowler to face. He is the number one Test bowler in the world today. The title itself tells the story about how good he is,” he said.