Since making his breakthrough at the Indian Premier League (IPL) outfit Mumbai Indians (MI) Jasprit Bumrah has developed into a truly world-class talent. He is undoubtedly India’s go-to man with the new ball, as well as death overs.
In a recent interview with Cricbuzz, the 26-year-old lad from Gujarat has credited former Indians (MI) coach John Wright for his success in international cricket. In the year 2013, Bumrah was in Mumbai, to play the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match versus Gujarat.
Wright spotted him and asked Gujarat skipper Parthiv Patel about the youngster. This is how he came to represent the Indians.
When Patel told Bumrah about this, he simply couldn’t believe it and thought that the skipper must have been joking, as the pacer was just 19 back then, and had only played a few domestic matches.
I will forever be indebted to John Wright: Jasprit Bumrah
In 2013, Bumrah turned out for Indians and joined the long list of Indian player who made their breakthrough at IPL and went on to play for Team India.
However, his journey wasn’t easy at all, as his first season in the IPL wasn’t a big success.
Speaking further about this, Bumrah said that Wright had a great ability to recognize young talent. He added that Wright helped the 26-year-old with his fitness and bowling skills, which is why he was able to achieve so much.
Bumrah also added that he remains in touch with Wright, and consistently keeps asking for his advice.
The right-handed speedster also keeps crediting Wright for his successes, who in turn says that Bumrah was the one with talent and his work hard is what made him a world-class bowler.
In the New Zealand tour, the player from Gujarat who is renowned for his accurate line and length hasn’t had much success. He is one of India’s marquee bowlers, and Bumrah’s struggles have in turn affected the Indian team’s fortunes.
However, fellow pacers Tim Southee and Ishant Sharma have come to his defence lately.