Jasprit Bumrah rise at the top of Bowling charts is an intriguing story to read. The Speedster from Ahmedabad grabbed eyeballs with his unorthodox sling-arm action and super pace in domestic circuits. His uncanny ability to bowl yorkers at will soon bought him an IPL contract from Mumbai Indians. More importantly, he was now under the supervision of him ‘idol’ and mentor Lasith Malinga, who taught him to judiciously use the yorker.
In the upcoming seasons, he continued to impress selectors with his performance at domestic level. In 2014, he was on the fringes of national call-up before a left knee injury ruled him out for four-and-a-half months. However, another fruitful domestic season for Gujarat in 2015-16, earned him a maiden International call-up for limited overs series in Australia.
After missing out first four matches of ODI series, MS Dhoni picked Jasprit Bumrah for the fifth ODI of the tour. Till fourth ODI, team India had lost all four matches thanks to some lacklustre death bowling from Indians, but Bumrah’s superb death bowling on debut made sure team India was not clean swept by Aussies.
Recalling his debut match under MS Dhoni’s leadership, recently, Bumrah thanked his captain for all the support he gave to him. Jasprit Bumrah also opened up on how MS Dhoni guided and gave him all the freedom he wanted to succeed at top level.
Bumrah started with congratulating MS on his wonderful career and then detailed his debut experience with Times of India. “Well, it was his decision, and everybody respects it. At a personal level, I made my debut (Sydney, 2016) under him and he gave me a lot of confidence. Not many people know that Mahi bhai had never seen me bowl, at any level. In my debut game, I was going to bowl in the death overs and I asked him ‘can I bowl yorkers?’ and he was like ‘no, don’t bowl yorkers’. He thought since it was a difficult delivery, I wouldn’t be able to pull it off. I told him ‘in death overs, I don’t know what else to do,” Bumrah told Times of India.
Even though, MS asked Bumrah not to try Yorkers, the Ahmedabad born backed his strengths and pulled off a great debut that left even MS ‘awak!’ in press conference.
“So, anyway, I went ahead and did my thing and then he came to me and was like “I didn’t know this at all. You should’ve come earlier, we would’ve won the whole series”. Here was me, making a nervous debut and the captain telling me “you could’ve won us this series”. He gave me a lot freedom,” he added.