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Maturity and planning makes Bumrah world’s greatest bowler


Virat Kohli, the best batsman in the world today, indicated that he doesn't want to face Jasprit Bumrah. Kohli said after a famous win at MCG, "The way he has matured in Test cricket, and the areas he has bowled so quickly in his Test career, I think it's a scary sign for the batsmen around the world in Test cricket. I mean if there is a pitch like Perth, I wouldn't want to face Jasprit Bumrah to be honest because if he gets on a roll he can really crank it up and the way he bowls is so much more different to anyone and I think he realises that more than the batsmen, and that's why he is so confident about his skills." This message will send shivers to the batsmen around the world. Jasprit Bumrah is cricket's proof that you should never judge a book by its cover. At first glance, the Indian paceman's short run-up and unusual slinging action suggest a useful lineand-length option for one-dayers or T20s.

Bumrah began the year as a surprise entrant into Test cricket after having played no first-class cricket in 2017, but has ended up with five-fors in all the countries he has gone to. He has the best yearly haul for an Indian fast bowler, and is a lock to be the fastest Indian quick to 50 Test wickets. His captain was ever so grateful. Kohli began with talking about bringing Bumrah into the longest format through the unconventional route. "I think the fact that he was showing amazing levels of energy and fitness in white-ball cricket and hence he was so good because he was notgiving runs with the new ball, he was getting wickets, he would come back in the death overs and not bowl one loose delivery," Kohli said. "He was training like he wanted to play Test cricket, he was that obsessed about his fitness levels and his work ethics. So we discussed before South Africa that if we put him as a surprise package, he could be lethal if he gets his lines and lengths right."

It was the Indian coach Ravi Shastri and Bowling coach Bharat Arun decided late last year that Bumrah was ready for Test cricket and would be soon drafted into the Test team. Both Shastri and Arun realised that batsmen were picking him late and this a unique attribute for a bowler like Bumrah. But his rather complicated action which is his strength as well as potentially an injury issue down the line left the coach the necessity to preserve him for bigger battles. The technically-savvy Arun coached Bumrah in the under-19 camp at the NCA and was wise enough not to change his action, where, despite the load-up being so much far and away from the body, the arm was high and upright in release. Bumrah, under Arun, gradually evolved with lot of work was done on his wrist position. And the coach tirelessly worked with Bumrah to find the ideal release point to send down the yorker. Now Bumrah bowls a potent yorker at will. Arun understood Bumrah’s body, knew he had to be stronger for the longer spells in Test cricket. Strength and conditioning coach Shankar Basu worked on Bumrah to enable him withstand Test-match loads. His rise in the longer format has been rapid.

It was felt the pitches in South Africa, with juice in them for the pacemen, would enable Bumrah get off to a sound start in Tests. And instilling belief in the youngster was crucial. And, when Bumrah was unleashed against South Africa early January, 2018, he made an immediate impact in Cape Town. His first scalp in Tests was a big one. A.B. de Villiers attempted to drive a full length ball that came in and played on. In the second innings, Bumrah dismissed Faf du Plessis with a vicious delivery that kicked off a length. And Quinton de Kock fell to a ball that climbed even as it nipped back sharply. Bumrah had arrived in Tests. And now, after his conquests in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG, Bumrah has a whopping 48 wickets in nine Tests [three each in South Africa, England and Australia] at 21.02 with a strike rate of 47.4 this year.

No Indian bowler has taken more wickets in overseas Tests in a year. Bumrah is now considered lethal by the Australian batsmen. One comparison was Bumrah is like a dam waiting to burst. With his ability to generate significant pace in a short studded run up was a fascination to the cricket fans in Australia but troubling to the Australian batsmen. Bumrah was unlucky in Perth having beaten the bat umpteenth times without a proper reward. But he persisted and did not lose heart. “The mindset he has is what separates him from anyone else in the world right now," Kohli said." He looks at the pitch,and he doesn't think, 'Oh it's a hard toil on this wicket.' He thinks how can I take make a breakthrough for the team and your mindset separates you from the rest. He is as strong-headed as I have seen anyone in the past, and that's the key to his success, that's what I have seen in the past 12 months”.

The way Bumrah flummoxed Shaun Marsh was a classic which will be remembered for long by the fans. Each of the first 5 balls in Bumrah's over was within 1.5kph of each other. The Indian pace bowler established a pattern, lulling Marsh into playing the ball before it was bowled, before unleashing that slower ball. The previous ball that Bumrah had bowled was 140kph. The wicket ball was 111kph. There was deception, accuracy, bit swing and above all mastery in execution. Arguably the best over of fast bowling we've seen in this series.

Australia off spinner Nathan Lyon has praised Jasprit Bumrah calling him a very good all-round package and a top-class bowler. “Bumrah is quick and has a very good slower one,” Lyon said. “He is world class and has all skills, a very good all-round package. Not surprised that he is a top bowler in Test cricket so quickly because I have seen him in white ball cricket. So, he is obviously a top-class bowler.” Former Australian batting great Michael Clarke tweeted, “In the next few months, Bumrah will be the No. 1 bowler in all three formats.”

Former Australia cricketer Brad Hodge called Jasprit Bumrah a nightmare to face. He said “Bumrah is a nightmare to face. If you ask any batsman, he is one of the most dangerous bowlers to face. He is quick, very accurate and moves the ball both ways, which is what you want from a Test match bowler”.


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