Although India’s bowlers were unable to do what needed to be done to beat the Australian team in the final One Day International in Sydney, Jasprit Bumrah had the chance to show what he has as a bowler.
Bumrah replaced Mohammed Shami in the final ODI of the series in Australia. He gave away only 40 runs, and he took two wickets. Although this was his first ODI, Bumrah played better than the more experienced bowlers on the Indian team. Throughout, he maintained discipline and bowled excellently.
Umesh Yadav allowed the Australian team to get 82 runs in eight overs. Rishi Dhawan gave away 74 runs in 10 overs, and Ishant Sharma, while taking two wickets, gave the Australian team 60 runs in 10 overs.
The India – Australia ODI may not have gone well, but bringing Bumrah into the international game is an important move for the team. Bumrah ended the ODI as India’s best bowler with 2/40. Towards the end of the match, Bumrah was brought back on to replace Bhuvneshwar Kumar, whose bowling in the ODI appeared to be a bit off.
Bumrah has shown his bowling strengths with the Gujarat team in India, with quality performances in Vijay Hazare, and in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophies.
Kapil Dev, India’s World Cup winning captain, had only words of praise for Burmrah: “He has been very accurate with his line against the Australians on such a placid track. His action makes him a difficult bowler to pick and it gives him an advantage with his pace as well. I am happy because he can bowl yorkers at will and such a bowler will always be a handy asset. He has showed that if you bowl in line with control, you can enjoy success.”