Jasprit Bumrah – The Master of Fast Bowling Craft in the World Cricket: There is something about these unorthodox action fast bowlers that they end up ruling the world cricket during their times. Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga did it during his prime and now in the current era, Jasprit Bumrah doing it for fun.
India’s pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah, on Tuesday, July 12, wreaked havoc and disturbed the English top-order that usually seems to be a formidable outfit. Bumrah, exploiting the damp surface with a tinge of grass, extracted the movement and castled England’s batting lineup to ink his name in history books.
The 28-years old pacer registered his best ODI figures (6-19) by scalping six healthy wickets. He started the demolition of England’s batting unit with the wicket of Jason Roy and Joe Root in a double-wicket maiden over. He then sent Bairstow and Livingstone back to the pavilion.
Notably, three of Bumrah’s first four wickets came as a duck, making it worse for the opposition to swallow the embarrassment.
Owing to sensational bowling, team India blocked England’s innings at 110 runs which was later chased down by the two Indian openers comfortably.
To describe Bumrah’s fiery spell in the first ODI, Wasim Jaffar, former Indian cricketer, wrote:
“Alexa, please play Jasprit Bumrah”
“Sorry, Jasprit Bumrah is unplayable”
By the time Jasprit Bumrah uprooted England’s final wicket for the 1st ODI, he broke a 19-year-old record of Ashish Nehra. The former bettered Ashish Nehra’s record of 23/6 and became the bowler with the best bowling figure against England in ODIs.
Bumrah’s deadly performance has received applause and praises from the cricket fraternity. The pundits are in the awe of Bumrah’s exquisite bowling.
Bharat Arun, a former Indian bowling coach, who has worked closely with Jasprit Bumrah for the last few years, said: “The movement that he got today was outstanding. Not many get to move the white ball so consistently, and that too for an extended period of time. Usually, the ball moves around for the first three overs, and it doesn’t move after that, but today, throughout 8 to 10 overs, he was getting the ball to move around. He bowled in terrific areas.”
For his exemplary bowling display, Jasprit Bumrah received the “Player of the Match” award. Moreover, he also topped the recently announced ODI bowlers ranking. Bumrah toppled New Zealand’s Trent Boult to reach the summit of the bowling rankings.