Gujarat and Mumbai Indians pacer looks to draw on IPL experience in Australia.
It all began with the final two matches of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament, 2013, for young Jasprit Bumrah. Mumbai Indians coach, John Wright was one of the spectators there. The former India coach was so impressed by the 19-year-old pacer from Gujarat that Bumrah almost immediately got a call from the IPL franchise offering him a contract.
Now, three years later, Bumrah is the highest wicket-taker in the same tournament. And this time his reward is a maiden call-up to Team India.
The 22-year-old has been picked to replace injured Mohammad Shami in the India squad for the three-match T20 I series in Australia. Bumrah knew he has been in contention for a while now, but the anticipation has made the moment only more joyous for him.
“It is a wonderful feeling. I was expecting this since I was on standby,” Bumrah told BCCI.TV.” But still, it is a very nice feeling. I cannot really describe it. We have been playing matches non-stop and you don’t get the time to really sit and process all that is happening in your life. Maybe on the flight to Australia, when I have a lot of time on my hand, it will start to sink in.”
Bumrah’s rise to prominence came by in IPL 2013, when Wright pulled him out of obscurity and put him on the big stage. He made his IPL debut for the Mumbai Indians, against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, and ended with 3 for 32. Of his three victims was Virat Kohli.
Bumrah vividly remembers the events that led to him being pencilled in into the MI squad. “That year I wasn’t even expecting to make it to the Ranji Trophy side. I had only played two T20 domestic matches and then suddenly I was in an IPL team. That was a totally unexpected great feeling,” he said.
It was after the IPL that Bumrah made his first-class debut, in the same year, and in 18 matches since then, has 64 wickets to his name at an average of 25.01. In T20s, the pacer has 52 wickets from 47 matches.
The pacer from Gujarat has no qualms in admitting that his development as a cricketer began in the MI dressing room, rubbing shoulders with some of the giants of international cricket.“IPL has helped me tremendously. Every year I learn something new at the IPL. It has shaped me as a cricketer. I have learned so much from all the senior bowlers in the Mumbai Indians – Lasith Malinga, Zaheer (Khan) bhai was with us earlier as well. For me, the IPL is a great platform to learn and develop as a cricketer.
“Most of what I have learned has been about preparation and handling pressure in big games. These guys have played international cricket, they have played in the World Cups. So, they could tell me what to expect, how to prepare for matches mentally and physically, what sort of training you should do and things like that.“It has made me much more confident not only as a cricketer but also as a person. “Before domestic cricket I played in the IPL. When you do well in a tournament like that, you are more assured in yourself that you will do well on the domestic circuit.”
Now as he readies himself to embark on his first stint in the Indian dressing room, Bumrah once again banks on his IPL experience and the familiarity of the players he played with and against.
“I have played with some of them in the IPL
and against a few of them. Also, I have been to Australia before on the India A tour, so I have the taste of the country. This will be a new experience, being part of the Indian team. I hope to get my chances and do well.
“There will be lots of players from the Mumbai Indians in the Indian team. Harbhajan Singh, Hardik Pandya and Rohit Sharma will all be there. That will make it easier for me to settle into the team because I have already played with them and they know me as a person. I think that will be beneficial for me.”When Bumrah gets to Australia and joins the Indian team, there will be one man who could vouch for Bumrah’s talent from a very recent memory. Of his 21 wickets in the 2015-16 Vijay Hazare Trophy (India’s premiere domestic one-day tournament), one was that of MS Dhoni, off a yorker.
“I played one match against MS Dhoni in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and I got him out. He just told me I was doing well and that I should continue to work hard.”
Original Source: http://www.iplt20.com/news/2016/features/7044/bumrah-credits-ipl-for-maiden-india-call-up