In Bumrah, Indian team's search for death-overs specialist ends
In the recently concluded 3rd ODI against Sri Lanka, Jasprit Bumrah took a career best 5/27, becoming the first Indian bowler in three years to pick up a 5-wicket haul in ODIs. The 23-year-old unorthodox pacer who found his place as the death-overs specialist believes that "evolution is the key to success." Let us look at Bumrah's bowling stats over the years.
After the 3-0 series win against Sri Lanka, Kohli has this to say about Bumrah. "He got 11 wickets in 3 games..in the death overs he is like a fish in the water."
Jasprit Bumrah began his professional career in 2013, as a 19-year-old with Mumbai Indians. Under the tutelage of Lasith Malinga, Bumrah developed his skills to bowl deceptive slower deliveries and yorkers. This ability made him a fitting choice for death bowling. The right-arm pacer's domestic performance earned him ODI cap for India when he debuted against Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground in Jan 2016.
Yet to feature in an international test, Bumrah has a good economy rate of 4.7 in the 19 ODIs he has played. He has picked up 37 wickets. In T20Is, his bowling stats include 33 wickets in 24 matches with an economy of 6.58.
Apart from the recent 5/27 career-best figure against Lankans, Bumrah also has his next best display of 4/43 against the same opponents during 2nd ODI of the series. Some of his other memorable performances include 3/35 against visiting New Zealand team at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi, 3/23 against Aussies at Adelaide, and 3/14 against England at Bengaluru.
The ICC Champions Trophy final against Pakistan is a match which Bumrah would want to erase from his career. He had a terrible outing, which included the woeful dismissal of Fakhar Zaman off a no-ball, who then went on to score 114 for Pakistan.