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Personal information

Full name Jasprit Jasbirsingh Bumrah
Born 6 December 1993
Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm fast
Role Bowler

International information

National side India (2016–present)
Test debut (Cap 314) 6 January 2018 v South Africa
Last Test 2 September 2021 v England
ODI debut (Cap 101) 23 January 2016 v Australia
Last ODI 2 December 2020 v Australia
ODI shirt no. 93
T20I debut (Cap 52) 26 January 2016 v  Australia
Last T20I 8 November 2021 v Namibia
T20I shirt no. 93

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. He was named in India’s squad for its 2015–16 series against Australia, as a replacement to an injured; Mohammed Shami. 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.

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Personal life

Bumrah was born in a Punjabi family which settled in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Bumrah’s father, Jasbir Singh, died when he was 5 years old. He was brought up by his mother Daljit Bumrah, a school teacher in Ahmedabad, Gujarat in a middle-class surrounding. Daljit made an appearance in the 2019 Netflix documentary Cricket Fever: Mumbai Indians where she was emotional on the cricketing success of her son.

On 15 March 2021, he married model and Star Sports presenter Sanjana Ganesan in Goa. Hailing from Pune, Maharashtra, Ganesan is a former Miss India finalist and was also a participant in MTV’s Splitsvilla in 2014.


Domestic cricket

Bumrah plays first-class cricket for Gujarat and made his debut against Vidarbha in October 2013 during the 2013–14 season. 

A right-arm fast-medium pacer from Gujarat with an unusual bowling action, Bumrah made his T20 debut against Maharashtra in the 2012–13 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, and also helped his side clinch the title with his Man of the Match performance. His figures of 3/14 were instrumental to Gujarat’s win over Punjab in the final. 

A 19-year old Bumrah grabbed instant limelight when on his Indian Premier League (IPL) debut, he finished with figures of 3/32 against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Though he played just a couple of games in the Pepsi IPL 2013 for Mumbai Indians, Mumbai Indians management retained him for Pepsi IPL 2014 season. 

On 11 December 2020, he scored his maiden first class half century (55*) against Australia A during the India tour of Australia.


International career

In the two matches, T20I series against West Indies in August 2016, he became the bowler to claim most wickets (28) in Twenty20 Internationals in one calendar year surpassing the record of Dirk Nannes. 

In January 2017, in the second match of T20I series of England’s 2016–17 India tour, Bumrah picked up two wickets and gave away 20 runs and was awarded the Player of the Match. During the 2017 Sri Lanka tour, Bumrah recorded the most wickets (15) taken by any fast bowler in a bilateral ODI series of five or fewer matches. He is remembered for bowling a no-ball in the final of the Champions Trophy 2017 that resulted in a wicket. The batsman, Fakhar Zaman, went on to score a match-defining century. 

In November 2017, he was named in India’s Test squad for their series against South Africa. He made his Test debut for India against South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town on 5 January 2018. Jasprit Bumrah got his maiden Test wicket as he clean bowled AB de Villiers for 65 runs. In the 3rd Test Match of India Tour of South Africa 2017-18, at Johannesburg, Bumrah took his maiden five-wicket haul in Tests, with figures of 5/54 from 18.5 overs. 

Bumrah took his 2nd five-wicket haul in Tests, with figures of 5/85 from 29 overs, in the 3rd Test Match of India Tour of England 2018, at Trent Bridge, as India defeated England by 203 runs. 

On the Boxing Day Test of India Tour of Australia 2018, with career-best figures of 6/33, Bumrah became the first Asian bowler to take five-wicket hauls in Australia, England and South Africa in the same calendar year. Overall, he had finished the series as the highest wicket-taker, with 21 wickets. He had finished the year, with 48 wickets, which was a record for Indian bowler in his debut year in Test cricket. For his performances in 2018, he was named both in the World Test XI and ODI XI by the ICC.

In April 2019, he was named in India’s squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. The International Cricket Council (ICC) named him as one of the five exciting talents making their Cricket World Cup debut. On 5 June 2019, in India’s opening match of the tournament, against South Africa, Bumrah played in his 50th ODI match. On 6 July 2019, in the match against Sri Lanka, Bumrah took his 100th wicket in ODIs and became the second-fastest Indian to do so after his counterpart, Mohammed Shami, who is currently the fastest Indian to 100 ODI wickets. He finished the tournament as the leading wicket-taker for India and the fifth highest overall, with eighteen dismissals in nine matches. He was named in the ‘Team of the Tournament’ by the ICC and ESPNCricinfo.

In August 2019, Bumrah took his fourth Test five-wicket haul against West Indies in the first Test match of India tour of West Indies 2019, at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, with figures of 5/7 in the 2nd innings. In the second Test match, he became the third Indian to take a hat-trick in a Test match.

Bumrah played his maiden Test match in India in the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium against England in February 2021 after playing 17 Tests overseas. His maiden Test wicket in India was of Daniel Lawrence for nought in England Tour of India 2021.

Bumrah was named in India’s squad for the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. He was one of the only three fast bowlers in the main squad, the other two being Mohammed Shami and the white-ball specialist, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.


Bowling style

Bumrah gained prominence with his unorthodox action. He has an anomalous, sling-arm action and coupled with natural pace, and a peculiar release point of his deliveries makes it hard for the batsmen to pick him up early. He bowls outside the off-stump or short quite consistently. 

Bumrah carved himself a reputation for possessing an uncanny ability to hit the block hole, just like his Mumbai Indians team-mate, the Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga. Bumrah has grown into an asset for the Indian team in the limited-overs format. 

Bumrah is considered one of the fastest Indian bowlers with an average speed of 142 km/h, his fastest being 153.26 km/h, which he bowled during the first Test match of India Tour of Australia 2018, at the Adelaide Oval, outpacing Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins. 

My all-time favorite bowlers are Mitchell Johnson, Wasim Akram and Brett Lee. I used to watch their videos and learn from them. I have learnt a lot from Johnson, and Malinga too. I try to learn from any senior bowlers who have played international cricket. – Bumrah

Mumbai Indians bowling coach and former New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond said: “Boom’s action, though unique, is repeatable. He has great control.” 

Former Indian fast bowler Ashish Nehra also commented on his bowling action:

What you do in 75–80% of your run-up, nothing matters. It’s the last 15–20%, the last four-five steps, which is the main thing. That is bowling. Bumrah runs differently, but in his last three-four steps – he is loading, front leg, back leg, everything is in alignment, and he is quick through the air.

 

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