Jasprit Bumrah picked the wicket of AB de Villiers in his Test debut on Friday
Bumrah has sent Kohli, Smith and Warner packing in IPL, ODIs and T20Is debuts
Bumrah has 97 wickets from 64 international matches
is one of the best bowlers in limited-overs cricket now — a fact uncontested by the cricketing world. The lanky pacer, on Friday, made his for .
Bumrah’s career-graph has been splendid — going from strength-to-strength with each game of cricket.
He may be not be the most talented of the pacers out there but his hard work has shown and how. It looks like he has a knack for picking big wickets on his debut days.
Bumrah’s debut in each format of cricket has paid dividends for the lanky bowler. All of his debut wickets have been big names and crucial wickets.
Beginning with the Indian Premier League to the first Test in South Africa, Bumrah has sent some big names packing.
We take a look at all of those incredibly important wickets:
IPL debut, April 4, 2013:
Jasprit Bumrah arrived on the cricketing scene with IPL 2013 for Mumbai Indians with his peculiar bowling action. He got his first cap against a sturdy Royal Challengers and he got the big wicket of captain Virat Kohli.
Bumrah was brought into the attack by Ricky Ponting in the fifth over of the match and Kohli got to business straight away against the youngster.
In the first four deliveries of the over, Bumrah was hit for three boundaries and the youngster was under pressure straightaway.
But this is how Bumrah responded.
Bumrah bowled a good length from wide of the crease and trapped Kohli LBW around the off stump. The big man had tried to flick with the angle of the ball but missed his stroke an got hit on the pad.
In totality, Bumrah picked three wickets — Virat Kohli, Mayank Agarwal and Karun Nair — in his first-ever four competitive overs. However, Mumbai Indians lost the match by 2 runs.
ODI debut, January 23, 2016:
After years of IPL success, Bumrah got his first international cap against Australia Down Under. In conditions strange, Bumrah was given one of the biggest stages to shine.
Bumrah bowled all his 10 overs and went for only 40 runs and picked one wicket. That lone wicket was not just a wicket but he sent Steve Smith back to pavilion.
Bowling his third over, Bumrah built some pressure on Smith with three straight dot balls. He then bowled a short delivery towards off stump and Smith, in his eagerness to score, committed to the short and pulled it straight to short mid wicket.
Another big debut and another big wicket for Jasprit Bumrah!
T20I debut, January 26, 2016:
Bumrah was handed his maiden T20 International cap in the same tour, owing to his good showing in his first ODI.
Just three days after cleaning up Smith in his ODI debut, Bumrah picked up the huge wicket in David Warner in his T20I debut. Another big buck showing by the youngster.
Bumrah was bowling his second over of the match, having given away just three runs in his first.
In just the first ball of the second over, Bumrah bowled a short delivery. Warner, tempted seeing the short ball, attempted to pull but Bumrah had put a bit more pace on the ball than expected. Warner could not make the perfect connection to the ball and was caught on mid-on.
Bumrah returned with figures of 3-23 in the match, the other two wickets being James Faulkner and Cameron Boyce.
Test debut, January 5, 2017:
Nobody expected Bumrah to get his first Test cap in his maiden selection to the India squad for the longest format of the game.
However, captain Kohli threw a major surprise by including Bumrah into the squad for the first Test in Cape Town of the all-important South Africa series.
Proud moment for @Jaspritbumrah93 as he receives his Test cap from #TeamIndia Skipper @imVkohli#FreedomSeries#SAvINDpic.twitter.com/H7s4w8gSmh
– BCCI (@BCCI) January 5, 2018
Bumrah, throughout his spell in the first session, bowled a good line and length and looked to be going on a fine path.
In the 31st over, Bumrah had perhaps caught Faf du Plessis LBW and India took a review. However, the no-ball nemesis for Bumrah never seems to be leaving him and it was ultimately called a no-ball and India lost a review.
Bumrah came back with vengeance in the 33rd over and bowled a fullish delivery and AB de Villiers fell prey and the pacer picked another big fish on his debut.
De Villiers was going great, taking the innings away from India but finally walked out to the pavilion out at 65 off 84 deliveries.
Bumrah’s full delivery had a hint of seam after pitching and De Villiers could not judge the seam and went for a big drive down the ground. However, he got an inside edge to the ball and it eventually took the bails off.
The third umpire checked for Bumrah’s front foot for no-ball and it was bang on line and the youngster with the peculiar action had dazzled once more on another debut.
Bumrah, in his international career till now, has picked 97 wickets from 64 matches with an average of 21.64. With one five-wicket haul and a strike rate of 24.43, Bumrah is only getting better each day.