There has been never any doubt regarding Jasprit Bumrah’s ability in limited-overs cricket. In fact, he made a name for himself with his yorkers and great death bowling in T20 cricket. But, he made a great transition to ODIs and now Tests as well.
More than skills, it has always been Bumrah’s sharp cricketing brain and strong temperament that has helped him do well in cricket. Using these virtues, he impressed one and all with his displays even in the longer version of the game, a format, where people had question marks about him.
The Indian pacer recently had a brilliant tour of West Indies, where he ended up with 13 wickets in two Tests which included two five-wicket-hauls and a maiden hat-trick. The right-armer also rose to no.3 spot in ICC Test rankings, which is simply amazing given he has hardly played 12 Tests. His ability to move the ball was one of the best sights in West Indies.
Bumrah revealed that it was the England tour, which helped him gain lethality in swing bowling. “I always used to have out-swingers. I have not used it a lot but playing in England did give me a lot of confidence. The Duke ball does swing for a longer period of time. So, because I got more and more confident as I played the Test matches, I could execute it well,” he said at a promotional event here.
He added, “In white-ball cricket, the ball doesn’t swing for a long period so you have to assess what kind of delivery works every time. I was working on it (the out-swinger) for a long period. I used it in England as well when we were playing against county teams. You can’t use everything in one match. You just try to assess the conditions on the given day and see what could work.”