One of the biggest finds of recent times in Indian cricket has been the Ahmadabad-born Jasprit Bumrah.
Bumrah broke into the Indian national team with impressive performances in the limited over tournament in Australia before the turn of the year and has since played a huge role in the Asia Cup as well as the World T20 that concluded recently.
One of the deadliest weapons in the Arsenal of the 22-year old has been his deceptive and quick Yorkers and the fast-bowler in a recent interview revealed why it comes naturally to him.
The Mumbai Indian’s bowler revealed that playing tennis ball cricket in his childhood has helped him bowl Yorkers with great control.
I used to play tennis ball cricket quite a lot before playing serious cricket.”
Over there you bowl yorkers. That could be the reason I bowl yorkers. But it’s difficult to bowl and I have to practice continuously,” said Bumrah talking before the game against the Kolkata Knight Riders recently.
He also said that he does not concentrate only on Yorkers and added that he likes to mix things a bit when running in to bowl.
“With only one ball you cannot be successful. I try to mix my pace and try to use Yorkers,” the 22-year old added.
His hard-to-pick unorthodox action along with the pace he generates and the amount of control he has over the line of the delivery has made him an important part of India’s plans in the future and he has shown that he is learning a lot with his performance in the IPL.
He has already picked up 8 wickets in the tournament and has played alongside Mitchell McClenaghan and Tim Southee, two of the best bowlers in world cricket at the moment.
He also spoke about the big loss of Lasith Malinga this season.
He revealed that the franchise has missed him dearly this season but pointed out that as a bowling unit, the trio have performed really well so far this season.
Bumrah also spoke about the effect the stint with the Indian national team has had on his game. He revealed that the senior players in the squad have helped him become a better bowler and that he was trying to take all the experience into the IPL to help his team take away the trophy.
“I have learnt a lot from the Indian team. Many senior players were there with me. I look to learn from everyone. In T20 format I have played many international games and am trying to carry it into IPL,” Bumrah added.
The 22-year old spoke about the mindset required to play at different levels of the sport. He pointed out that the intensity in the domestic circuit is not the same as in international cricket and that he tries to treat every game equally.
He said, “The level of cricket is different from Gujarat and first class to IPL and international cricket. I try to maintain the same mindset.”
When asked about his favorite bowlers, Bumrah had a swift reply waiting. He revealed that Mitchell Johnson, Wasim Akram and Brett Lee he loves to watch and revealed that he grew up watching them play.
“My all-time favorite bowlers are Mitchell Johnson, Wasim Akram, and Brett Lee. I used to watch their videos and learn from them. I have learnt a lot from Johnson, and Malinga too,” he added.