Jasprit Bumrah was in news during World Test Championship (WTC) final for all negative reasons. As he went wicketless in the final against New Zealand. However, with the start of five-match Test against England, he has regained all his form and confidence and Bumrah is looking pretty good with the ball. So far Bumrah has picked 12 wickets in the 2 Tests against England.
In the first Test against England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham he bagged a total of nine wickets. Meanwhile, in the Lord’s Test, he went wicketless in the first innings. However, he picked 3 crucial wickets in second innings to help India win the historic match by 151 runs. Notably, in that match, Bumrah also delivered an amazing performance with the bat. As he added 89 runs with Mohammed Shami for the 9th wicket.
Can’t put into words the feelings that we’re going through after that win! So proud of the whole team 🔥 pic.twitter.com/FRH20cbujl
— Jasprit Bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) August 16, 2021
Meanwhile, the star Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah only needs 5 wickets to reach the 100 Test wickets milestone. Currently, he is at 95 wickets in just 22 Test games. Bumrah has picked his wickets at an average of 22.62 and strike rate of 50.30.
India will face England at Headingley, Leeds, in the 3rd Test, there Bumrah will an opportunity to create a big record by picking 5 wickets. If Bumrah is successful in doing that he will become the fastest Indian pacer to bag 100 Test wickets. He will surpass legendary cricketer Kapil Dev who picked 100 wickets in 25 Tests. Also, Jasprit Bumrah will surpass legendary Indian cricketers like Manoj Prabhakar 96 Test wickets and Venkatesh Prasad 95 Test Wickets. Meanwhile, among the current Indians Pacers, there are 3 players with over 100 Test wickets Ishant Sharma (311) Mohammed Shami (191), Umesh Yadav (148).
— Venkatesh Prasad (@venkateshprasad) August 16, 2021
Gautam Gambhir Names Jasprit Bumrah As X-Factor
Former Indian cricketer showered praise on Jasprit Bumrah and named him the biggest factor heading into the T20 World Cup.
“There are a lot of chances. They have got the firepower in every context. They have got the batting, they have got the spin. They have got the fast bowlers as well. When you have someone like Jasprit Bumrah, you will always have that X-factor. He has got to be the biggest factor in the T20 World Cup.”
The 39-year-old feels that fans will focus on the performance of the Indian captain and Vice-Captain. However if Bumrah performs well India’s chances of performing well in tournaments will increase. Gautam Gambhir elaborated:
“You will keep building about Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, I am sure. But one person to look out for is Jasprit Bumrah because his form and if he delivers, India has got to be the favorites.”