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When Jasprit Bumrah burst onto the scene, he ticked a lot of boxes for India. He was seen as someone who possessed an unorthodox action, someone who can bowl at quick speeds if needed, and he also had variations up his sleeve. Bumrah can bowl with the new ball at the top and also has the requisite skills to bowl the difficult overs at the death.
Jasprit Bumrah has been the answer to any captain whenever he wanted wickets and has always delivered under pressure. But now, it has been a hard time for India’s ace of pace as he has been ruled out of the 20 -20 World Cup due to a back stress fracture and his absence will be a big blow for India.
Speaking on the same, Josh Hazelwood lauded Bumrah and called him the best T20 bowler. “He (Jasprit Bumrah) is probably the best bowler in T20s, as far as I’m concerned. So, yeah, they’re really going to miss him,” he said as quoted by ESPN Cricinfo. This speaks of the importance of the 28-year-old to Team India.
It was a fairytale introduction to cricket for Jasprit Bumrah as the differential factor that he had was noticed by Mumbai in the Indian T20 League. He was scouted by John Wright in a friendly game which involved Mumbai and Gujarat. Once he was brought into Mumbai’s fold in the Indian T20 League, the rest was history as the ace of pace became a pivotal part of the Mumbai side in the Indian T20 League. He subsequently made his debut for India in ODI’s in Australia against Australia.
He made his debut at the Sydney Cricket Ground for India and picked up 2 wickets and turned the match for India. India eventually won the match due to the heroics of MS Dhoni with the bat and a brilliant century by Manish Pandey. Jasprit Bumrah has further sharpened his skills under the mentorship of Shane Bond and Lasith Malinga at Mumbai. He became such a vital cog in the Indian bowling lineup, and he was the X factor in the bowling group.