- Jaspreet Bumrah
- Current Team
|Full name||Jasprit Jasbirsingh Bumrah|
|Born||December 6, 1993, Ahmedabad|
|Batting style||Right Handed|
|Bowling style||Right-arm fast medium|
|ODI Debut||January 23, 2016 v Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney|
The Indian T20 League has been the making of many promising young players and Jasprit Bumrah is one of them. Featuring for Mumbai, Bumrah first caught the eye with an unusual bowling action. Blessed with the ability to bowl yorkers and get the steep bounce off the pitch, the Gujarat pacer has arguably become India’s best bowler in limited-overs cricket since making his international debut.
Jasprit Bumrah made his T20 debut against Maharashtra in the 2012-13 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and helped Gujarat clinch the title with his Man of the Match performance. After impressing in his debut Indian T20 league season for the Mumbai-based franchise, in the subsequent year, he was again bought by Mumbai for a whopping 1.2 crores.
Jaspreet Bumrah’s unusual angle with which he bowls made him a household name in the T20s. The Indian selectors took notice of it and his skills, control, and accuracy got him to a flight to Australia in 2016 for the T20I series. When Mohammed Shami got injured, Bumrah was given the opportunity to make his ODI debut in Sydney before the T20Is. After an impressive outing there, he was given a place in the starting XI for the T20Is and he didn’t disappoint as he took six wickets in a Kangaroo-whitewash. After great success during the Australian tour, it came as no surprise when Bumrah soon became the number two ranked T20I bowler in the world. He played Asia Cup and T20I World Cup as well in the same year, spearheading the pace attack and cementing his place.
His control in the death overs meant that the Indian selectors showed faith in him for the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy also. Though he bowled a no-ball on a wicket delivery to the eventual centurion Fakhar Zaman, he didn’t let that setback worry him much. Proving his mantle time and again, Bumrah has been the go-to bowler for Virat Kohli in the shorter formats and eventually, in the Tests as well. During his debut tour of South Africa, in only his third match, he took a fifer and convinced everyone of his potential in the longest format too. With age on his side, the promising pacer looks set to log many bowling records for India.
The inevitable Jaspreet Bumrah call came at last as Bumrah traveled with the Indian team to Australia as an injury-replacement for Mohammad Shami, eventually making his debut in the dead rubber at the Sydney Cricket Ground. He has delivered consistent performances in colored clothing and has since become an irreplaceable asset for his captain, consistently holding his nerve and becoming MS Dhoni’s bowling counterpart as a last-over specialist for India. He went on to perform commendably for a young fast bowler in India’s next world events – the ICC Champions’ Trophy in 2017, where he only took 4 wickets in 5 matches but conceded at an economy rate of just 5 runs an over, particularly impressive for a death overs’ specialist.
Only one question remained. Can Jaspreet Bumrah become an effective Test bowler? He has shown appetite and ability for red-ball cricket, bowling Gujarat to their maiden Ranji Trophy title, in 2016-17. However, the Kookaburra ball posed a whole new challenge. He was handed the elusive Test cap in January 2018 in South Africa, and showed his adaptability with his skiddy nippers and unpredictable scrambled-seamers, proving to be the find of the tour for India – in other words, a good start in Tests for the versatile Bumrah.
All of 24 years old, Bumrah is a focused and exciting talent who has shown himself to be a fast and eager learner. Possessing the ability, temperament, and work ethic to be India’s next spearhead and in the age of the death-over specialist, Jasprit Bumrah is here to stay.