Jasprit Bumrah: A star bowler in the making for India

This era in Indian cricket is bringing a lot of laurels, moments to cherish for a long time, and a sense of pride for the Indian cricket fans, who had been longing for it since a very long time now. Credits to wonderful performances and consistency of highly talented cricketers in the team. Now the competition in the side is like never before, the eleven slots in the side, seem less enough for an array of talent to fit in at a time. One of those talents being-the unorthodox right arm medium-fast seamer, i.e. Jasprit Bumrah. He made his well-deserved debut in the national side during India’s tour to Australia in early 2016, after his impressive performances for Mumbai Indians in the IPL, and never has he looked back since then. He has been one of the busiest players in the side these days. His performances in the shorter formats of the game speak volumes of his abilities and potentials, that it is really beyond our imagination not to see him in ODI or T-20 side.

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  • He has amassed 56 wickets in just 31 ODI’s with an amazing average of 22.73, and a strike rate of 28.7. The economy rate is just under 5.
  • He is the second fastest to the scalp 50 wickets in ODI’s for India, which came in mere 28 matches. He’s just behind Ajit Agarkar who had reached this milestone in 23 games.
  • He has three 4-fers and one 5-wicket haul in the ODI’S already to his name.
  • In the t-20 format- he has bagged 40 wickets in 32 matches, with an average of 19.18, which is astonishing, and at a staggering strike rate of 17.12, economy being 6.72.

These are the figures, which any good bowler would envy of possessing.  This Gujarat lad has produced some remarkable performances for his side, few instances are:

  • 5/27 against Sri Lanka at Pallekele in 2017
  • 4/43 against the same oppositions later in the same series
  • 3/35 against New Zealand at Delhi in the same year
  • Not to disregard his spell of 3/23 against Australia at Adelaide in 2016, in his first ever ODI series.

These evidences show he has developed himself day by day, with repetitive match winning performances, and eventually evolve as a star bowler for India. The 24- year old has by far been the best t-20 bowler for India overtime, testified by his figures of 3/11, 3/14, 3/23, three 3-fers against Zimbabwe, England and Australia respectively, to mention a few. One cannot forget his spell of 2/20 which led India win a t-20 game at Nagpur against England in Jan of 2017 with mere 8 runs to defend in the last over. He gave away just 2 runs and bagged 2 wickets, thus producing one of the best t-20 spell by any Indian bowler so far, a memorable one for ages to come.

Well, it is quite early to match him with the likes of legendary Kapil Dev, Javagal Srinath and Zaheer Khan. However, we’ve seen enough in him to believe that this kid is a horse for long races. Bumrah’s heroics in the shorter formats, have registered his name for the longest format of the game as well. With plenty of away cricket to be played in the near future, more and more exposure will come his way. He has to continue doing wonders and assure the solidity of his place in the side, for a long time ahead.

The Authors’ final say:

The consistency has always been his key. Clocking at 140-145 km/hr, with good amount of variations in line and length, he can prove to be lethal on any given day. His accurate yorkers add to the wounds of batsmen. His exceptional ability to bowl in death overs like no else, could be the ultimate formula of success to overcome any level of batting prowess. With talent displaying the performance, he proves every bit of his place in the elite group of bowlers. It has indeed been a dream come true for the Indian cricket fans and fraternity, in begetting such a bowler.

The Indian cricket in the past has witnessed the rise of young and talented bowlers like Irfan Pathan, Balaji, RP Singh and Praveen Kumar. However these medium pacers became the hero’s overnight and disappeared as quickly.  Only time will answer as to whether Jasprit is here to stay and eventually fill in the shoes of Zaheer Khan,  we all desperately want to see him as.  He has to keep himself fresh and fine, free from injuries and transform himself as a ready to execute pace battery, at any given time and under any given circumstances.

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