Jasprit Bumrah vs Jofra Archer: Statistical comparison (Test cricket)
In the last decade, fast bowling began to descend across formats after a number of legends retired from the game. However, the advent of modern-day seamers has reinstated the art in Test cricket. Two such greats Jasprit Bumrah and Jofra Archer have carved out some magical performances with the red ball of late. Let us compare their stats in the longest format.
A look at Bumrah's Test career
Bumrah, who started his international journey from the shortest format, was transported to Test cricket in 2018. In a Test career spanning over two years, the 26-year-old has already accounted for 68 scalps from 14 matches. He averages an incredible 20.33 with a best match haul of 9/86.. Bumrah also has a total number of 5 five-wicket hauls to his name.
Jofra Archer in Test cricket
Jofra Archer made his debut in the Lord's Test against Australia at The Ashes (2019). The Barbadian fast bowler immediately hogged the limelight with his searing bouncers to Steve Smith, that left him injured. Even as England failed to clinch the urn, Archer was deemed the find of the series. So far, the 25-year-old has snapped up 38 wickets from 10 Tests at 29.21.
Bumrah yet to feature in a home Test
The two bowlers are still new to Test cricket, however, the credentials speak volumes about their stature. England seamer Archer has played most of his matches at home thus far. He has scalped 30 of his total wickets at home, while the rest have been registered overseas (three Tests). On the other hand, Bumrah is yet to play his first ever home Test.
Third Indian to take a Test hat-trick
Last year, Bumrah clinched an astonishing Test hat-trick in the second Test against West Indies, thereby becoming the third Indian after Harbhajan Singh and Irfan Pathan to do so. In series opener, he recorded the least expensive five-for by an Indian bowler (5/7).
Contribution with the ball (matches won)
So far, Archer and Bumrah have significantly contributed to their respective team's success. England have managed to win four Tests in Archer's presence, wherein the seamer has picked up 19 wickets at 20.78. Meanwhile, Bumrah's contribution is more valuable here as he has scalped 42 wickets at 13.19 in those Tests. Interestingly, India have never lost a Test whenever Bumrah has taken a five-for.