2019 was the breakthrough year for Indian fast bowler and all three format’s specialist Japrit Bumrah as he scaled number one in the ranking of all three formats during the year. But the bowler himself believes it was a year of accomplishments, learning, and hard work.
The pacer, fondly known as the new yorker king in international cricket added that he made memories both on and off the field and that he was looking forward to what the year 2020 has to offer.
Taking to Twitter, Bumrah wrote “2019 has been a year of accomplishments, learning, hard work and making memories, on the field and off it too. And on the last day of the year, I’m looking forward to everything that 2020 has to offer!”
Bumrah’s career so far
Bumrah although on 12 Test matches old in the longest format of the game, but has established himself as the most feared and dangerous bowler and has picket 62 wickets in the 12 games he has represented the Indian team in Test cricket.
The right-arm pacer has been most successful in the one day cricket wherein he has picked 103 wickets in only 58 games that he has played for the men in blue in ODIs.
Known for his expertise and understanding of the game in the shortest format of the game, Jasprit Bumrah has 51 wickets in his account in 42 matches he has played for India in T20Is.
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Bumrah to make a comeback in Sri Lanka T20Is
After remaining out of action from cricket in last quarter of the year, Bumrah has now been included in the limited-overs’ series against Sri Lanka and Australia that will be played in India before the team heads to New Zealand for a full-fledged series.
Bumrah was out of action since the team’s tour of West Indies in August where he reportedly picked a stress fracture on his that ruled him out of home series’ of the team against Bangladesh, South Africa and West Indies.
The 26-year old pacer ended 2019 as the number one ranked bowler in ICC ranking for bowlers while he ended the year on the sixth position in Tests.
Bumrah had a phenomenal run in 2019 across the format and established himself as the best all formats specialist bowler in the world cricket. In the three-Test matches he appeared in whites for his country, Bumrah scalped 14 wickets at an outstanding average of 13.14 including two five-wicket hauls in West Indies after the ICC ODI World Cup.
He also went on to become the first Asian bowler to have bagged a five-wicket haul in England, Australia, South Africa and West Indies.
During the World Cup in England, Bumrah also ended as the most successful Indian bowler in the mega event. After the World Cup when India toured West Indies, Bumrah also picked a Test hat trick to become only the third Indian bowler after Harbhajan Singh and Irfan Pathan.
His decorated 2019 also included an IPL title for his team Mumbai Indians which was also their fourth title. Bumrah played a key role in the team’s success under the captainship of skipper and Indian limited-overs’ vice-captain Rohit Sharma and helped the team in winning their fourth overall title.
In a recent interview with a leading news portal, Jasprit Bumrah added that the longest format of the game was also the toughest format of the came and that he would any day prefer to play more red-ball cricket over the limited over games.
Bumrah opined that doing well in Test arena means that a player can make his impact in any format of the game. He also added that since people saw him making his way to the Indian colours from IPL, they think that T20 cricket is what has made him who he is.
“If you do well in Tests, you can do well in any format. Because people saw me in the IPL first, they think that’s what made me” Bumrah said.
Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni similar in their approach as captains
On being asked the most difficult question easily to be asked in Indian cricket, about who was a better captain between MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli, Bumrah played it safe and asserted that the duo was much similar in their approach as the captains of the side and both would expect ownership from the players.
He praised both MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli, adding that they would always give the freedom to the bowlers and in return expect responsibility and ownership of their bowling.
“Both of them are pretty similar in the way that they want you to take ownership. They give you the field you want, the help you need. You take responsibility of your own bowling” Bumrah added.
Bumrah who is listed along with Jofra Archer and Pat Cummins as the best pace bowlers of the world cricket at the moment rubbished reports of rivalry and jealousy.
“I don’t look at it that way, no. I enjoy fast bowling. I am not the kind of guy who will get jealous. If good fast bowling is happening, I will always watch, and I will have fun. Even if somebody is bowling really well against us” Bumrah said.