World Cup-winning former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh heaped rich praise on Jasprit Bumrah, calling him a once-in-a-generation bowler and a “cut above the rest” at the moment in international cricket.Yuvraj Singh revealed he foresaw Jasptrit Bumrah’s success in red-ball cricket when he first faced him in a Ranji Trophy match in 2013.Yuvraj’s comments come at a time when Jasprit Bumrah has answered criticism surrounding his red-ball future with some fine performances in Tests ever since he made his debut in South Africa in 2018. Bumrah has taken 61 wickets in just 12 Tests and has a 5-wicket haul in each of the overseas nations he has played so far.Bumrah has mastered the art of swing bowling and is being able to trouble opposition batsmen with movement at some serious pace.Yuvraj Singh highlighted that Jasprit Bumrah has been able to shut down his naysayers with the performances that he has been coming up with at the Test arena.”Bumrah is a class act. He is a once-in-a-generation kind of bowler. I first faced him during a Ranji Trophy game against Gujarat at the PCA Stadium in Mohali in 2013. I played a hostile spell of four overs from him and knew immediately that he was going to be a match-winner for India in Test cricket,” Yuvraj Singh told The Times of India.”Then, a lot of people questioned whether he would be able to excel in Test cricket because of his unique action. But he has kept his critics quiet with some mesmerizing performances in the past three years, that too in all formats. At present, he is definitely a cut above the rest.”advertisementBumrah, who was spotted by former India coach John Wright during his stint with Mumbai Indians, made his debut for the Indian Premier League franchise in 2013.Bumrah made his ODI and T20I debut in January 2016 but had to wait 2 more years for his Test debut. Even when Bumrah was picked for South Africa tour in 2018, questions were raised about his red-ball capabilities but the MI pacer shone in his very first Test tour, picking up 14 wickets in just 3 Tests.Bumrah is leading the wicket-taker’s charts in the ongoing 2-Test series against West Indies wherein he picked up his maiden Test hat-trick as well.Bumrah said he is happy with how his Test career has begun but maintained he has a lot of work to do while pointing out his upcoming challenge in India.”It’s been just 10-12 matches. My career has just started. I am learning everyday and trying to improve. I have to play in India as well. This has been a good start,” Bumrah said.”I always look a team goals. If we win the match, it’s fine even if I don’t get a wicket. I always think about how I can contribute to the team’s success. Be it taking wickets or creating pressure.”Also Read | India vs West Indies: Hanuma Vihari joins Sachin Tendulkar in elite list after 2nd innings fifty in JamaicaAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s backing gives me lot of self belief: Jasprit BumrahAlso See:
Redshirt junior middle blocker Blake Leeson (11) prepares to spike the ball against Quincy University at St. John Arena on Feb. 18, 2018. Ohio State defeated Quincy in three matches. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo EditorThe No. 5 Ohio State men’s volleyball team will kick off an eight-game road trip this weekend with a pair of daunting matches against top-10 conference rivals Loyola and Lewis. Both No. 6 Lewis (9-4, 3-1 MIVA) and No. 8 Loyola (10-3, 3-1 MIVA) trail Ohio State (11-2, 4-0 MIVA) for the top spot in the conference. Ohio State head coach Pete Hanson said he expects Lewis and Loyola to be focused on defending their home courts. “The mantra through the whole conference is you really got to take care of your home court,” Hanson said. “We expect it’s going to be a hard weekend.”Ohio State redshirt junior middle blocker Blake Leeson said he’s excited for this weekend’s matches.“I prefer playing more comparable teams to the style we play. I think it’s more exciting, it’s more similar to what we expect to play in our gym,” Leeson said. “I think from that standpoint it’ll be a lot of fun but definitely a challenge.”LewisCurrently ranked third in the conference, the Flyers have won three of their four conference matches, falling only to Ball State. The Buckeyes beat Lewis in both matchups last year. Lewis’ three-set loss to Ball State might seem favorable for the Buckeyes given Ohio State’s Feb. 8 win against Ball State, though the Buckeyes required all five sets to pull off the win. Hanson said Lewis’ loss to Ball State was not unexpected, but added the Flyers were able to rebound in their next game with a dominating win against Fort Wayne.“Ball State had their backs against the wall,” Hanson said. They couldn’t afford to lose a match on their home floor and fall three matches behind the conference leaders. I think they had a great sense of urgency and it looked like Lewis did not come with that same sense of urgency.”Lewis senior outside hitter Ryan Coenen earned three player of the week awards after early-season play against USC. The first set of the match went to an abnormal set score of 42-40. Though Coenen has averaged a .286 hitting percentage this season, he hit a .621 in Lewis’ match against USC, proving himself to be an asset to the team in matches where endurance is crucial. Ohio State will head to Romeoville, Illinois, for its matchup against Lewis at 8 p.m. Thursday.LoyolaLoyola is currently seated second in the conference. Last season, the Buckeyes won both conference matches against Loyola in three-set sweeps.Just like the Flyers, Loyola lost its only conference match to Ball State while winning its other three matchups. Flyers junior outside hitter Collin Mahan was awarded MIVA offensive player of the week after last weekend’s games against Fort Wayne and Ball State. Mahan records 3.51 kills per set, an average rivaling that of Ohio State’s redshirt freshman opposite Jake Hanes (3.92) and senior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen (3.46).Hanson said going up against another strong offensive team will pose a challenge.“That’s where we’re going to have to be good with our service game and try to put some pressure on those guys,” Hanson said. “We’re going to have to just really dig down and grind on the defensive component in terms of locking and digging and creating opportunities to score.”Ohio State will meet Loyola in Chicago at 8 p.m. Saturday.