India has always produced batting talent in abundance, with its famed batting lineup a thing of envy for other nations. Where it has lacked is the production of good death-over bowlers. Specialists, who can soak in the pressure and turn matches in India’s favour. Up until now that is. For, with the rise of Jasprit Bumrah, India has found itself a bowler adept with the art of Malinga-esque yorkers, a ball dreaded by the most seasoned of batsmen.
The credit of discovering Bumrah goes to the IPL, where his unorthodox bowling action grabbed the eyes of the whole nation. The fact that he shared the Mumbai Indians team roster with the Lasith Malinga proved to be a boon for him, with the Sri Lankan guiding him through the early stages of his career and divulging his secrets to him regarding the delivery of inch-perfect yorkers.
His performances for India A and Gujarat in domestic circuit made him a probable for the senior Indian team. However, an injury in the late 2014 delayed his ascent as he was sidelined from cricket for almost 5 months. Good performances followed for Gujarat in Ranji and Vijay Hazare trophies and the senior debut finally came calling after an injury to Mohammed Shami. Another important tour followed as he was named in India’s squad for its 2015–16 series against Australia, as a replacement to an injured Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He consequently made his debut in One Day Internationals & Twenty20 Internationals in 2015–16 series against Australia.
The only thing left for him to prove is his effectiveness in test cricket, and with age on his side, he’ll surely get a lot of chance to do so.