Jasprit Bumrah, the name itself is enough to strike fear in India’s opponents. Ever since his debut, he has been doing wonders – be it limited-overs or the longer format of the game. Since his Test debut in Cape Town in January 2018, Jasprit Bumrah has featured in 12 Test matches so far, in which he has taken 62 wickets at an average of 19.24.
Although all of these 12 Tests have been played outside India (3 in South Africa, 3 in England, 4 in Australia and 2 in West Indies) where wickets naturally favour the pacers, he is yet to make his debut in the home soil in Test. However, former Indian pacer Ajit Agarkar feels Bumrah will do well at home Test series against the Proteas as well.
“With experience, everyone can see what progress he has made in international cricket. I expect him to do well in India as well. Obviously, there will be times when the spinners will dominate in the series. However, with the kind of unique ability he possesses, I don’t think conditions matter to him. He has the skill-set to perform in Indian conditions as well,” Agarkar, who is an expert with ESPNcricinfo, said to IANS.
Jasprit Bumrah has played 38 First-Class and 83 List-A matches where he picked up 151 and 155 wickets respectively. Apart from that, he has been playing a key role for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as well. However, Agarkar is confident of Bumrah’s success as he thinks Bumrah’s experience of playing a lot of first-class cricket will help him.
“Since the World Cup, he hasn’t played a lot of cricket. He missed (rested) the T20Is and the ODIs and featured in the two Test matches. So, he must be relatively fresh and will be very keen to perform in India as well. I would not be surprised if he has an exceptional series,” Agarkar concluded.