Receiving a call-up to play in the national team is always a special feeling for any cricketer. However, only a few cricketers will get the luxury of playing in every format of the game. There are many players, who ended their career playing only limited-overs cricket without fulfilling their dream to represent in Test cricket, which is the purest form of the game. It was the same category, in which Jasprit Bumrah doesn’t want his name to fall under.
After making his debut in Tests against South Africa last year, Jasprit Bumrah became the first Asian pacer to take 5-wicket hauls in South Africa, England, Australia and West Indies. In just 12 Tests, Bumrah has picked up as many as 62 wickets – in fact, he ended the West Indies tour with 5-wicket hauls in 3 successive times.
All the greats of the game have predicted Bumrah to touch greatness himself. Anil Kumble had said Bumrah would become India’s greatest ever fast bowler while the inimitable Viv Richards famously said he would rather face Lillee than Bumrah. Such has been his impact in the last few months.
I gave a lot of importance to Test cricket – Jasprit Bumrah
Meanwhile, speaking of playing in Test cricket, Jasprit Bumrah quoted that he never wanted to retire from the game just by playing in ODI and T20I formats of the game. Bumrah revealed that he gave a lot of importance to longer version of the game, and always, wanted to play Tests at any cost.
“For me, Test cricket was very important and I always wanted to play Test cricket and didn’t want to be a cricketer who has played (only) T20s and ODIs. I gave a lot of importance to Test cricket…I always wanted to make a mark in Test cricket,” Bumrah said at a promotional event. I had the belief that I have done well in first-class cricket, then I could replicate that in Test matches.
”The journey has just started, just played 12 Tests…when I made my Test debut in South Africa after playing two years of international cricket, it was a dream come true (moment). Being there playing in the white jersey was a great feeling and then slowly contributing to team success gave me satisfaction,” Jasprit Bumrah said.
Well, Jasprit Bumrah reached his goal and in fact, did great things to Indian cricket with his fantastic display of fast bowling. Currently, he is away from T20I series against South Africa but will return to Test series.
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