Sachin Tendulkar and Jasprit Bumrah
Sachin Tendulkar and Jasprit Bumrah. Credits: BCCI

Jasprit Bumrah is one of the best bowlers in world cricket across formats. Making his international debut in 2016, he has risen up the ranks in quick time and is now counted as one of the modern greats in the world of cricket.

Bumrah’s unique action was the talking point after he made his debut in 2016. However, his talent was spotted much earlier by Mumbai Indians in IPL  2013. Bumrah came through the scouting process of the franchise and they bagged him at the 2013 auction. The pacer now stands tenth on the list of highest wicket-takers in the tournament with 130 dismissals to his name in 106 matches.

In a recent conversation with Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah opened up on his first call-up to the Mumbai Indians camp. He recalled dismissing Ricky Ponting in one of his net sessions with the franchise.

“Basically, I had gone into the Mumbai Indians camp and I was not going to play the first game because I and Axar Patel had joined the camp late. We were playing in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. We had been called late to the camp,” said Bumrah.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah (Image Credit: Twitter)

“The team was already practicing in Bangalore and we practiced with the team only for two days. Over there, the practice wickets were very green, and back then in 2013, the white ball used to swing. So, I was bowling with the new ball.

“I was bowling to Ricky Ponting and I used to bowl those big inswingers. I troubled everyone and I got him (Ponting) out two or three times, so they had a discussion on me that ‘this guy had something different and let’s play him’,” Bumrah said on Ashwin’s official YouTube channel.

Jasprit Bumrah further admitted that he has no idea that he had a unique action. Over the years, his unique action troubled many batsmen and it is still keeping them confused. Very few batters have been able to crack the code of playing Burma the right way.

I Didn’t Realise My Action Was That Fascinating: Jasprit Bumrah

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah (Image Credit: Twitter)

“I didn’t realise that the action was that fascinating and eventually, people started to analyse that. But for me, as I told you, I was more interested in getting new things. I have that big inswinger but I didn’t have that outswinger.

“Since childhood, I wanted to be able to bowl all deliveries. I enjoyed all of those deliveries as a child, I was never interested in watching big sixes or high-scoring games. I was interested in watching stumps being rattled, people getting hit. But yes, not getting seriously hit!” said Bumrah.

He made a return to the Indian T20I squad after staying away from the game post the South Africa Test series. He is also included in India’s Test squad announced for the series against the Lankans.

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Anshuman Roy

A Hardcore Cricket Enthusiast Having Previously Worked With Cricwizz, Circle of Cricket, Times Now, The Quint, Cricfit and Now With Cricket Addictor.