India’s growing talent and promising pacer, Jasprit Bumrah, created a record on his name as he surpassed Clint McKay. With 15 scalps on his name in the concluded ODI series against Sri Lanka, 23-year old Jasprit Bumrah recorded most wickets by a pacer in a bilateral 5 match ODI series, breaking Clint McKay’s record of 14 wickets against Pakistan. Bumrah also gained the career best bowling figures of 5/27 in the third ODI of the series. For his brilliant bowling display, Bumrah also bagged the Man of the Series award.
The Ahmedabad lad has been a prime bowler for the Indian side in the limited overs in the last two years. His unique style of bowling and knack of delivering toe-crushing yorkers has been his leading weapon. Bumrah also had a successful IPL season for Mumbai Indians where he honed his bowling skills and gained tips from the yorker specialist Lasith Malinga. Expressing his praise for the young lad, skipper Kohli said, “Jasprit obviously has been our most effective short-format bowler in the last 18 months. He has really worked on his bowling a lot, especially his length ball has picked up more pace. That’s very heartening because it never lets the batsmen settle (down). It’s not only about yorkers and slower balls any more. He can bowl a good length ball and nick you off as well, which I think is the biggest improvement in his bowling; credit to him for shaping his game in that way.”
Bumrah’s successful ODI series against the sea neighbours not only fetched him the Man of the Series award but also helped him leap 27 places in the ICC ODI Bowlers Ranking. Bumrah achieved his career best ranking (#4) after the end of the series. With 687 points, Jasprit Bumrah is placed next after Josh Hazlewood (732), Imran Tahir (718), Mitchell Starc(701).