Indian Pacer Jasprit Bumrah's 2019 In Numbers
Jasprit Bumrah grabbed eyeballs with his unique bowling style, his sling-arm action and natural pace. The peculiar release point of Bumrah's deliveries makes it hard for a batsman to judge his approach. The 25-year-old has played 12 test matches in which he has taken 62 wickets with an average of 19.24. Bumrah consistently bowls around 85 to 90 mph (140–145 km/hr) making him one of the fastest bowlers in the Indian team. Though he will not be seen delivering his yorkers against South Africa, 2019 has been a phenomenal year for Bumrah.
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2019: The year of Jasprit Bumrah?
In April 2019, Jasprit Bumrah was named in India's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. A few days later, the International Cricket Council (ICC) called Bumrah ‘one of the most exciting talents making their World Cup debut.’ On July, while playing against Sri-Lanka, Bumrah became the second-fastest Indian to take 100 wickets in ODIs after Mohammed Shami. By taking eighteen wickets in nine matches, Bumrah became the leading wicket-taker for India in the tournament. In August 2019, Bumrah took a five-wicket haul against West Indies in the first test match. In the second Test match, he created history by becoming the third Indian to take a Test hat-trick after Harbhajan Singh and Irfan Pathan. His performances were instrumental in leading India to a 2 - 0 win in the series.
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Recently, while talking about Bumrah and the upcoming T20I against South Africa, veteran cricketer Ajit Agarkar had spoken about how experience had helped expedite Bumrah's progress. He also expressed confidence in Bumrah's ability to be a matchwinner in Indian conditions too.
Though he may not play the upcoming T20i, it’s clear that 2019 was Bumrah’s year, and he has the full potential to be a key player for the Men in Blue in the future.
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