Jasprit Jasbirsingh Bumrah (born 6 December 1993) is an Indian international cricketer who plays for the Indian national cricket team in all formats of the game. After a couple of moderately successful seasons with the Mumbai Indians at the Indian Premier League, and with his domestic team Gujarat, he was named in India’s squad for its 2015–16 series against Australia, as a replacement to an injured Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He consequently made his debut in One Day Internationals & Twenty20 Internationals in 2015–16 series against Australia. He is the first Asian bowler to take 5 wickets in a Test innings in South Africa, England and Australia during the same calendar year. He is also tḥe third-highest wicket-taker in test matches in a debut year with 48 wickets in 8 matches.
Here are a few interesting facts about the sensational Indian seamer, Jasprit Bumrah:
- Lost his Father at 7:
He lost his father at a very tender age of seven years. From then on, Bumrah’s mother who was a school Principal raised him single-handedly. Bumrah always wanted to settle in Canada but he realized his passion for the sport when he was 14 and worked very hard to improve his game.
- Exceptional debut:
He played his first game for Gujarat in the 2013-14 season against Vidarbha. Bumrah, with his unique slingy action, picked seven wickets in his debut match. He eventually picked the most number of wickets in the tournament for Gujarat.
- First noticed by John Wright:
Former Mumbai Indians coach, John Wright was the first one to notice the spark in Bumrah. He saw him during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and was impressed by the young lad.
- Dream IPL debut in 2013:
Following an exceptional domestic season, Jasprit Bumrah was offered to play for the Mumbai Indians in 2013. The young quickie impressed everyone, right from his first game. Despite being hit for a couple of boundaries by Virat Kohli, he got him out in his very first over. A 19-year old, Bumrah went on to pick two more wickets in the game. His 3-32 against RCB in his first game impressed the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, John Wright, and Rohit Sharma. He was used as a surprise package by Mumbai Indians.
- Bought for a whopping 1.2 crores in 2014:
Following a decent season with the Mumbai Indians in 2013, the young lad was bought again but this time for a whopping 1.2 crores, after which, the franchise decided to have him for the upcoming seasons too. Mumbai Indians franchise owner’s special interest in Bumrah made them buy him back for IPL 7. However, in the recently concluded player retentions, Jasprit Bumrah was retained by them along with Skipper Rohit and Hardik Pandya.
- International debut in 2016:
Bumrah’s ability to bowl yorkers consistently and perform well in the death got him a place in the Indian team. He played his first game for India in 2016, a T-20 against Australia. Despite being a regular member of the India-A team since 2014, Bumrah’s debut for India was delayed due to his knee injury. He came back after a gap of almost five months and had a brilliant domestic season, after which he got his maiden international call-up.
- Highest wicket-taker in his first international series:
In the absence of Shami, he was picked to feature in the T-20 series against Australia in 2016. Bumrah played a key role in India sweeping the series 3-0. Bumrah finished the series as the highest wicket-taker.
- Dhoni named him ‘find of the tour’:
Impressed with Bumrah’s performance in Australia, MS Dhoni termed him as the find of the tour. The youngster cemented his place in the Indian team, within no time. He is now India’s specialist in the death overs.
- Most number of T20I wickets in a calendar year:
Jasprit who debuted in January 2016 against the Aussies became the bowler claiming most number of T20I wickets in a calendar year within seven months. During the two-match series against West Indies, he surpassed Dirk Nannes‘ record by picking 28 wickets.
- Amitabh Bachchan and Dhokla:
Bollywood’s legendary Amitabh Bachchan is Bumrah’s favourite actor. On the other hand, Dhokla – one of the most famous Gujarati dishes is his favorite.