Born on Dec 06, 1993 at Ahmedabad, Jasprit Bumrah made his international ODI debut in 2016. Recognized for his unique sling arm action, Jasprit Bumrah has since made an international name for himself as the pace bowler with the most effective, rather menacing Yorker. His stock ball in a very successful, pattern has almost always reaped dividends for the team either in stemming the flow of runs, unsettling the batsman or snaring his wicket. His pace, the bowling strategy and accuracy is such an asset that he is now widely recognized as a death over specialist. Much to the discomfort of those facing him his unflappable demeanor and belief in his. Other than for rehabilitation accrued to injuries, far and few, Jasprit Bumrah hasn’t had a lean phase that made him sit out of the playing eleven. His career trajectory so far has had one or the other cricket record falling by the wayside much like those tumbling down of wickets set up by his incisive, deceptive spells that unfailingly snare the batsman. One awe-inspiring spell after another not only rest assures the team, elevates the team’s fortunes but trickles that excitement to countrymen with a reassurance of Jasprit Bumrah on his silent, strategic prowl. Knowing a moment is round the corner when he will smirk back at the teammates already rushing to him to celebrate the walk back to the pavilion of the batsman who just lost his wicket to Bumrah.
Jasprit Bumrah started his cricketing career playing for Gujarat and debuted in year 2013. A regular at the India A team, Bumrah was on the verge of breaking into the senior team when a knee injury sidelined him into rehab. Despite the recovery from the injury extending close to five months, Bumrah made a scintillating comeback on the domestic scene. He ended up as the leading wicket-taker in the 2015-16, Vijay Hazare Trophy, coasting Gujarat to title win.
Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling stride culminates in a rather unusual action, at the point of delivery. It is often described as sling arm. Where the left-hand lands forward to allow the right hand to move back and grab the momentum and strength to hurl the ball. But the right-hand does not veer along with the head rather slants sideways at the release of the ball. That adds muscle to generate pace at delivery besides his height at which ball releases. It leaves the batsmen to not only track the ball release from the unusual delivery action but clueless of the seam, swing and pace with which ball is hurried at him.
Indian Premier league’s coverage had served Bumrah’s such unusual action to the masses on a platter of bewilderment. What caught the selectors eye was not only his action but also the pace he could generate off the pitch, the difficulty the batsmen had in playing freely against his persistent line, length with clever variations in pace and seam. This brought on his statistical book a pile of wickets at an impressive strike rate as well a miserly economy rate.
An injury to Mohd Shami saw a replacement in Bumrah who had excelled in the just concluded domestic season. He was on the flight to join the senior team on their tour of Australia, 2016. Ever since his ODI debut in Sydney on Jan 23, 2016 Bumrah established himself as someone on whom the team could rely upon more so in the death overs when opposition ranks intend at creating mayhem as final flourish.
Bumrah’s moment of reckoning in the longer format came against South Africa in Cape Town, January 2018. He mirrored his form, rhythm, and craft of ODIs to the five day game with resounding success. His maiden test wicket was one of AB de Villiers, having clean bowled the seasoned South African cricketer.
He was a vital part of the Virat Kohli led Indian side that won a test series against the mighty Aussies on their soil. He took a five-wicket haul on the Boxing day Test.
He was the highest wicket-taker for India in the 2019 ICC World Cup and the fifth-highest overall, with eighteen wickets from nine matches.
Jasprit Bumrah’s efficacy as well utility to the national side can be gauged from the record he has earned off his pace bowling skills. That of being the only Asian bowler to capture five wickets on his debut tours to Australia, South Africa, England and the West Indies. And achieving that all in a career of barely 12 Test Matches. A record that would swell the chest of his countrymen in pride. For a nation identified to produce quality spinners, a pace bowler burning the pitches abroad and pinning down their batsmen with crafty, menacing spells of pace bowling is ample blow to quieten he naysayers.
A look at his astonishing career record that has perched him atop the rankings for a considerable period, in his yet short career:
Jasprit Bumrah’s Bowling Career
Jasprit Bumrah’s Batting Career