Jasprit Bumrah is the No.3 bowler in the world in ODIs
He leads the table of the best bowlers in T20s in the world
Bumrah has been Kohli’s go-to bowler in the death overs in limited overs cricket
India’s limited-overs specialist has finally earned a well deserved cricket.
The Gujarat pacer was included in India’s 17-member squad for the South Africa tour which starts on January 5, 2018 in Newlands.
Bumrah has been one of India’s most consistent performers in limited-overs cricket and has been captain Virat Kohli’s go-to bowler especially in the death overs.
This can be a radical choice to many as Bumrah made his last appearance in whites for Gujarat in the Ranji Trophy semi-final against Jharkhand in January this year. But what worked in his favour is his consistency in limited-overs cricket and the conditions in South Africa one can say.
India decided to drop one spinner and go with the fifth bowler and he had to be the automatic choice for the fifth spot along with Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma and the returning Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Yes! One might argue that Hardik Pandya can act as the fifth bowler or the extra pacer in the team but Bumrah gives you a sense of security. Along with that, he brings on the table pace, accuracy and the ability to bowl yorkers at will.
Bumrah’s recent form has also been spectacular this year. He has taken 35 wickets and is the fourth-highest wicket-taker in ODIs in 2017. He has also snapped up 12 wickets from nine T20I so far this year.
Not only that, Bumrah was named the man-of-the-series after his sensational bowling led India to their first-ever Twenty20 international series victory over New Zealand. He was also named man-of-the-series in the ODI series prior to that.
Coach Ravi Shastri praised the right-arm speedster after his match-winning spell in the rain-shortened match.
“Outstanding temperament from Bumrah. He’s shown he’s got all the tools of the trade. But importantly, what he’s shown that he’s a thinking bowler,” Shastri said.
Bumrah first came into the limelight after playing in the Indian Premier League in 2013 for the Mumbai Indians. He picked up three wickets from two matches just but was noticed for his slinging action. The following year, he played 11 matches and finished with five wickets but his death bowling made him a potent weapon for Rohit Sharma. The following year was also not that great in terms of wickets but he delivered when the captain needed him.
Looking at this abilities, he was called up for the Australia tour Down Under and made his international debut during an ODI series in India’s tour of Australia in January 2016. He was impressive in his debut game and finished with 2/40 as India defeated the hosts by six wickets.
Impressed with his solid performances, the team management then handed the pacer his maiden T20I cap during the three-match series against Australia. He pocketed six wickets in three matches as India swept Australia aside in their own conditions.
And he has not looked back ever since and only got better.
He came back into the IPL and had his best two seasons in 2016 and 2017. In 2016, he picked up 15 wickets from 14 matches while this year, he starred for Mumbai in the championship winning campaign with 20 wickets from 16 games. Currently, the pacer has 46 wickets from 47 IPL games.
He recently became the second quickest Indian to bag 50 wickets in ODI and rose to No.3 spot in ICC rankings. He is also the No.1 bowler in T20 cricket.
The 22-year-old now has 52 wickets from 28 ODIs and he has got 40 scalps from 30 T20Is.