Jasprit Bumrah Pips Rishabh Pant And Others To Win Men’s Breakthrough Performance Of The Year Award
The year 2018 fully established Jasprit Bumrah as the pace spearhead across all formats for Team India. Bumrah has become one of the best if not the best bowlers in the world across format. It does not matter whether the conditions are suitable for pacers or not, Bumrah, the number one ranked ODI bowler, rarely disappoints. He picks crucial wickets and manages to keep the batsmen under check with his wide array of variations.
Bumrah, who had arrived at the international scene as a limited-overs specialist, also showcased how dangerous he is in Test cricket. He made his Test debut during the tour of South Africa last year and has not looked back. Bumrah had rattled Australia and led India to a historic 2-1 Test series win at their own backyard, finishing the series as the highest wicket-taker with 21 scalps to his name. He finished the year with 49 Test wickets and remarkably all came outside India. He also made it to the ICC Test Team of the Year in his maiden season in whites at the highest level.
As a result of the impressive performance last year, Bumrah has won the men’s breakthrough performance of the year through a poll conducted by the Indian Sports Honours. In the women’s category, cricketer Jemimah Rodrigues bagged the award.
The four nominees for the male award were Jasprit Bumrah, Rishabh Pant, Pawan Sherawat and Jeremy Lalrinnunga. On the other hand, Rodrigues pipped Manu Bhaker, Manika Batra and Swapna Barman to the award. Rodrigues was one of India’s most impressive players last year. She scored a fifty in the World T20I and was the second highest run-scorer for India the recently-concluded T20I series against New Zealand.
The Indian Sports Honour was started last year as a joint venture from India skipper Virat Kohli and Chairman of RP-SG Group Sanjiv Goenka. This year’s award ceremony was set to be held on Saturday. However, the organisers postponed the show due to the deadly attack on the CRPF personnels in Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
Sanjiv Goenka and @imVkohli are deeply pained at the recent unfortunate event in Pulwama and express their solidarity to the families of the Martyrs. They have hence decided to postpone the 2nd edition of the ISH which was scheduled for 16th Feb19 in Mumbai, to a later date.
— Indian Sports Honours (@sportshonours) February 15, 2019
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