It’s been a fairytale break for Jasprit Bumrah. On January 18, he was playing for Gujarat versus Jharkhand in Mumbai; five days later he was bowling to Australia’s David Warner and Steve Smith.
In Australia to play the three-match Twenty20 international series, he found himself making his one-day debut at the hallowed Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday as various dots connected perfectly for him.
Named as Mohammad Shami’s replacement in the T20 squad, Bumrah was to travel straight to Adelaide, where the opening match of the shortest format of the game is to be played on January 26, along with other members arriving from India, including Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh.
However, due to some reason the Indian cricket board booked his flight to Sydney, venue for the final ODI of the five-match series.
On the night before the game, X-ray scans revealed Bhuvneshwar Kumar had a fracture on the left thumb. The injury, suffered while trying to stop a David Warner stroke in the fourth ODI, ruled him out of the final game.
Though they had the option of using Barinder Sran, the team management decided to try out Bumrah for the game, which is a dead rubber anyway.
The Indian team’s practice was rained off on Friday afternoon and Bumrah ended up bowling his first delivery in Australia during the match itself.
Bumrah did well for Gujarat in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, the domestic T20 competition. He also led Gujarat to victory in the Vijay Hazare Trophy campaign in December, finishing as the highest wicket-taker with 21 in nine matches, including that of MS Dhoni with a yorker.
From the way he has started at the SCG, bowling within 48 hours of landing and without any sign of jet lag, either. Settling down in a nice line and length, he picked up Smith for his first international wicket with a rising one that the Aussie captain could only pull straight into the hands of Rohit Sharma.