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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Sydney - Bumrah debuts - will India win ?

At Sydney, the ever optimistic Indian fan would watch with only expectation – will India avoid the whitewash ?  Dhoni has won the toss and chose to field – now what is the target India wishes to chase ?  - less than 300.  The team reads :
RG Sharma, S Dhawan, V Kohli, MK Pandey, MS Dhoni*†, Gurkeerat Singh, RA Jadeja, R Dhawan, JJ Bumrah, UT Yadav, I Sharma

Is that not a surprise ? Gujarat and Mumbai Indians pacer Jasprit Bumrah has earned his maiden India call-up after being named as the injured Mohammed Shami's replacement for the three T20Is in Australia.  There were reports that Bumrah, 22, left for Australia on January 22 along with other T20I squad members - Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra, Suresh Raina and Hardik Pandya. With 14 scalps in nine matches, Bumrah is the joint-highest wicket taker for defending champions Gujarat in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, the domestic T20 competition.  I thought he was selected for T20 – today he is playing, debut !

Remember seeing him on 4th  Apr 2013 - Dilshan was cleaned up by Johnson – in walked Virat Kohli and neatly tucked the first delivery he faced for a boundary. Then came the boy wonder – with an awkward action, a rookie called Bumrah, who ? – and what an opportunity at 19 to play with Sachin, Ricky Ponting and Pollard……….. it was Jasprit Jasbirsingh Bumrah from Gujarat, bowls right arm medium with an indescribable action.

End of over 4 – RCB are 7 with Gayle 3 off 7; Bumrah runs in bowls – short and wide, gets slammed over cover for 4; 2nd again goes through cover; 3rd gets a minor respite; 4th again banged over cover for another 4… a nightmare of a start and how is he going to bowl to Gayle one thought. Groundsmen are in as he has landed poorly almost outside the crease.  Off the fifth, an incoming delivery traps Virat Kohli and shouts with joy. Ponting, Sachin, all run towards him…………….. more to follow as the first ball of 7th over has Mayank Agarwal too… what a sensational debut.  Bumrah went on to collect one more and finished at 4-0-32-3.

Now he is playing in Australia

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

23rd Jan 2016 @ 08:42 am

photos credit : twitter a/c of BCCI

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