Former India allrounder Irfan Pathan believes Jasprit Bumrah is the most important member of the Indian team even ahead of skipper Virat Kohli. Pathan also said that Jasprit Bumrah’s hat-trick against West Indies would not be his last. Jasprit Bumrah has further enhanced his reputation with a sensational bowling performance against West Indies.
The India pace spearhead took 13 wickets in two Test matches including a hat-trick in the first innings of the second game to guide India to a comprehensive 2-0 series whitewash. In the first Test, he picked up 5 for just 7 runs to register the least expensive five-wicket haul by an Indian. In the first innings of second Test, he picked up six wickets including an hat-trick. In the process, he became just the third Indian after Harbhajan Singh and Pathan to take a hat-trick in Tests.
“I really believe that he is the most important cricketer in the team,” Pathan told IANS.
“When Bumrah is not playing for India, it’s a bigger loss than anybody else. He is such an important part of the team. Indian cricket is blessed to have a guy like him,” he added.
Pathan further said that India need to manage Jasprit Bumrah’s workload well as he backed the pacer to do well in all the three formats. He also backed Bumrah to pick up more hat-tricks.
“India needs to look after him. He is kind of bowler who can be successful in all three formats of the game,” said Pathan.
“I am pretty sure that this won’t be his last hat-trick,” he added.
Jasprit Bumrah, meanwhile, has broken into the top ten of ICC Test rankings for the bowler after playing just 12 matches. So far, he has picked up 62 wickets including five five-wicket hauls.