India has seen various pacers who had a remarkable career and were the true legends of the sport. From Kapil Dev to Zaheer Khan to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the generations have changed but India has always found a leading pace bowler who had a knack of taking wickets. But, over the years, India has never seen pacers who could bowl those toe-crushing yorkers and even the problem of a premium death overs bowler is overt. In the era of T20s , death over bowling is a special art and not many cater to it. IPL has shown the cricket world an evolution of one of the finest pacers of the current era who can bowl the astute yorkers and confine the runs in the final few overs of the game. Mumbai Indians’ young Jasprit Bumrah is the find of IPL and is undoubtedly the future of the Indian pace attack.
The 23 year old Ahmedabad pacer joined Mumbai Indians side in 2013 after serving the Indian U-19 team . Having played with one of the most fearful yorker specialists ‘Lasith Malinga’, Bumrah has learnt a lot from the leading wicket taker of the league.The Lankan pacer has been a big name in the Sri Lankan cricket after Chaminda Vaas. Jasprit Bumrah displayed his knowledge in an epic encounter against the Gujarat Lions. In reply to Lion’s 153, Mumbai were wrapped up for 153 too thereby sending the match into the one over eliminator. Bumrah was handed the ball to defend 12 runs against the two most destructive openers Brendon McCullum and Aaron Finch. Having started the over with a noball and wide, it was Gujarat’s game to lose. But what followed later was an incredible super over that conceded only 6 runs overall. The cricket world praised the young for one of the most miser super overs.
Later, Jasprit Bumrah credited the Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga for his success. He said,” Malinga has been a great influence for me to bowl yorkers consistently. I used to bowl yorkers before as well but to bowl consistently you need practice so he helped in that.”