On a hot summer afternoon, all Daljit Bumrah wanted was a nap. But this was impossible with the commotion her son Jasprit was causing as he was playing cricket. Since it was sweltering, the boy couldn’t really play out in the sun. So, she imposed only one condition – NO NOISE. Even as she laid her head down to snooze, Jasprit found an innovative way to play ‘noiseless’ cricket. He started bouncing the ball off the skirting of the house, where there was the least clamor. Thus India’s fastest death overs’ bowler Jasprit Bumrah rose.
Mother was happy that she only had to contend to softer thuds but 12-year-old Bumrah was already having a Eureka moment. Jasprit Jasbir Singh Bumrah was born on December 6th, 1993. Unfortunately, Bumrah lost his father at a very tender age. He and his sister were solely brought up by his mother, a school teacher.
Having finally bounced the ball off the floor skirting for two whole years, Jasprit now, all of 14, expressed his ambition to become a cricketer one day. His mother knew that it would not be easy with so many contenders in the way. But she was only told by her son to keep the faith.
Right from the start, Jasprit was driven and focused so much so that he would attend practice sessions in the wee hours of the morning and then attend school and thereafter continue his training again in the evening. His cricketing figures became remarkable as he bowled and finally, as destiny would deem, he was selected for every summer camp that was officially organized by the GCA (Gujarat Cricket Association). He was soon to represent the Zonal Camp of the National Cricket Academy and the MRF Pace Foundation.
|Full Name||:||Jasprit Jasbir Singh Bumrah|
|Date of Birth||:||6/12/1993|
|Birth Place||:||Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India|
|Hometown||:||Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India|
|Height||:||5 ft 9 in (175cm)|
|Father||:||Late Jasbir Singh|
|Siblings||:||Juhika Bumrah (sister)|
|School||:||Nirman High School, Ahmedabad|
|Profession||:||Cricket (best bowler)|
|Hobbies||:||Listening to music|
|Bowling Style||:||Right-arm fast medium|
|National Side||:||India (2016-present)|
|ODI Debut||:||23 January 2016 vs Australia, Sydney (cap 210)|
|Test Debut||:||5 January 2018 v South Africa (cap 290)|
|T20 Debut||:||26 January 2016 vs Australia, Adelaide (cap 57)|
|ODI Shirt No||:||93|
|T20I Shirt No||:||93|
|Teams||:||India, Mumbai Indians – Squad no: 93 (2013 – present), Gujarat (2012 – present), India A, West Zone|
Fortunately, his unique bowling actions were retained just as they were and none of the coaches attempted to modify it. All of his trainers recognized his distinctive ability right from his childhood days and was chosen to play for the Gujarat U-19 team against Saurashtra in Rajkot on a batting-friendly wicket. At the time, he scored seven wickets and sparkled in the tournament as the Gujarat Ranji team coach looked on. Jasprit was confusing the Yorkers with his bowling style that was probably useful in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Championship held in Pune. Definitely, the place seemed to beckon to him. As he could generate too many wickets, he was noticed by former India Coach John Wright who was scouting for an IPL Mumbai Indians team member. Wright immediately took a liking to the teenager’s strange and yet traditional methods of bowling and soon offered Bumrah a contract with the Mumbai Indians. This was by far, one of the biggest turning points of Bumrah’s career. This is also where he met Lasith Malinga.
With unorthodox movements and the ability to flexibly bowl Yorkers at any time, Jasprit Bumrah earned his spot in the limelight. His sling-arm action combined with a natural pace brought a peculiar release point to his deliveries that were usually unpredictable. As the balls were delivered like unguided missiles, the batsmen are seldom able to predict his volleys. He quite consistently blows short or outside the off-stump. While running a very short run-up, he even jogs and bowls with a different short run and always keeps straight arms. Going by the textbook, it may not be the most appropriate style but it always works. Even the legendary Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillie finds Bumrah’s bowling style rather distinctive than other pace bowlers. For possessing an uncanny ability to hit the blockhole, Jasprit Bumrah has carved himself a reputation, just like his Sri-Lankan counterpart and team-mate from the Mumbai Indians, Lasith Malinga. It was an indispensable asset in the limited-overs format for the Indian team. But today, Bumrah is considered as one of the fastest Indian bowlers throwing the ball at an average speed of around 142 km/h. His fastest was yet at 153.26 km/h that was clocked in a test match against Australia in 2018 at the Adelaide Oval. Here, he also seemingly outpaced greats such as Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc.
Having made a successful debut against Vidarbha in October of 2013, Bumrah was now to play first-class cricket for Gujarat. Garnering up to 7 wickets in the match, he ended up as the leading wicket-taker for his side. With an unusual bowling action that was by now, everyone’s wonder, Jasprit became the right-arm fast-medium pacer from Gujarat who would make his T20 debut in the 2012-2013 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophies against Maharashtra. In this, he was conferred Man of the Match. Gujarat won against Punjab due to Bumrah’s 3/14, which actually helped clinch the title. His instant claim to fame came when the 19-year-old player, on his IPL tour debut, finished with 3/32 against Royal Challengers Bangalore. He was only the second bowler to pick three wickets in a debut match. Bumrah would finally convenience the Mumbai Indians Management with a superb performance in just a few innings in the Pepsi IPL 2013. They were to buy him back again for the Pepsi IPL 2014 season and by 2018 he had already taken 78 wickets.
Jasprit Bumrah was a boon to the Indian team that was frantically looking for a death overs’ bowler. As an understudy to Lasith Malinga, he further perfected the art of pitching flawless Yorkers. He grew to become an indispensable asset to the Mumbai Indians franchise in the limited overs format. Bumrah has ushered several batsmen back to the pavilion in the Ranji tests and had already been a consistent performer in domestic cricket. Bumrah’s best call came when he replaced Mohammed Shami out due to injury and represented the Indian team to play against Australia. Starting from his slower deliveries to his reverse-swinging Yorkers at the death his quick-arm actions have made variations almost indiscernible. He has also proven to be an inimitable asset to his captain MS Dhoni by becoming a last-over specialist for the Indian team.