India in Australia 2015-16 January 18, 2016

Bumrah replaces Shami in T20 squad

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With impressive performances through the India domestic season across formats, Jasprit Bumrah's selection doesn't come as a surprise

Gujarat and Mumbai Indians pacer Jasprit Bumrah has earned his maiden India call-up after being named as the injured Mohammed Shami's replacement for the three T20Is in Australia.

Bumrah, 22, will leave for Australia on January 22 along with other T20I squad members - Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra, Suresh Raina and Hardik Pandya.

With 14 scalps in nine matches, Bumrah is the joint-highest wicket taker for defending champions Gujarat in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, the domestic T20 competition.

Bumrah, who has been a regular India A player over the last two seasons, also impressed during Gujarat's victorious Vijay Hazare Trophy campaign in December, where he picked up 21 scalps in nine matches, including that of MS Dhoni with a yorker. He finished the tournament as the highest wicket-taker.

When Bumrah first burst on to the scene, in the 2013 IPL, it was feared that he was a one-dimensional bowler, who bowled from wide on the crease and just sent the ball in with the angle. However, he showed during the Vijay Hazare Trophy that he had added to his arsenal the delivery that held its line if not moved away from the right-hand batsman.

RP Singh, who played for Gujarat this season, said after the Vijay Hazare final that Bumrah was ready to play for India. RP said it was his unorthodox action that made him seem quicker than he was, and that the straighter delivery now made him more dangerous.

"He has got a bit of pace. He has got a superb yorker, he got even MS out with a yorker," said RP. "The other thing is that his action gives him a bit of an advantage, it takes people a little bit of time to pick him."

Bumrah has so far picked up 52 wickets in 47 T20 fixtures since making his debut in 2013. He has also played 18 first-class matches and 20 List A fixtures over the last three seasons.

Shami, who returned from Australia last week after picking up a Grade II hamstring injury which could keep him out for four to six weeks, will continue with his rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.

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  • yesyogesh on January 24, 2016, 14:52 GMT

    Ashish Nehra should have been considered for Odis as well since he is in very good form and bowls well. Now the selectors will think why the old folk, we have to build a team for future. But what about today we are losing every series. And after all if the experienced bowler is there in the team, he can support and groom younger bowlers around him and they can also perform well.

  • Ajit Mehrat on January 19, 2016, 12:15 GMT

    my team for t20 wc is rohit,virat,raina,yuvraj,dhoni,hardik,irfan,jadeja,ashwin,axar,nehra along wid bumrah ,bhuvi , deepak hooda , harbhajan

  • ARUN29 on January 19, 2016, 10:54 GMT

    Just get a feeling that this Kid will go a long way.

  • SamRoy on January 19, 2016, 6:33 GMT

    @IndianInnerEdge Except for Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah and Nathu Singh no other bowler in domestic cricket is touching 140k consistently (though M Mohammad of Tamil Nadu and Navdeep Saini of Delhi occasionally touch 140k). Jasprit Bumrah is a hit-the-deck bowler and the question of swinging the ball does not arise. He however hits the deck harder than Ishant Sharma and recently learned how to get the odd ball to leave the right hander.

  • dadhpi on January 19, 2016, 2:23 GMT

    A fast bowler who angles in the bowl always has a success ratio better than the bowler who keeps the swing out.and if conditions are helping for swing then he could be lethal.Bumrah can make us Dance on the floor "Bumrow bumrow Shyam rang bumrow"on his day

  • IndianInnerEdge on January 19, 2016, 0:16 GMT

    Congratulations to the young guy, BUT -can he swing it @ 140 kmph +....? if not hopefully he is not another 120kmph or thereabouts glorified off spinners who plague the indian domestic scene and are hyped up by our excitable media....we've seen several in the past and hopefully we get a good bowling coach like Craig McDermott who lays down the rule that if you cannot bowl a a minimum of 140kmph - donot bother turning up...cricinfo plz publish

  • spinkingKK on January 18, 2016, 22:46 GMT

    Having said everything, I have to say that the T20 team for India looks a lot better with a lot firepower in the batting line-up. That is the kind of team needed in the ODI's. In T20's it may still be not enough. Who knows. But, Hardik Pandya seems to be a good selection and this guy, Bhumra, if he is special it could be interesting. A line-up of, Kohli, Rohit, Rahane, Raina, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Pandya, Jadeja, Ashwin/Harbhajan, Nehra/Bhumrah, Yadav will be good.

  • spinkingKK on January 18, 2016, 22:33 GMT

    I am glad to see a few comments expressing a surprise on why Irfan Pathan is not getting selected. It used to be just me who was making that comment in this website. The guy "was" a magician with the ball and has always batted very well and brings a lot of energy to the team. His recent stats tells that he is in great form with the ball and bat. He is a top class all-rounder with a truck load of international experience. But, never gets selected. Someone commented here that Dhoni doesn't like him because he goes for some runs at the death. Who doesn't? That is why it is called "slog" overs. What was surprising for me was when Dhoni used to send in Ashwin in front of Irfan in the ODI batting line-up in Australia. There were no logic in that. You have a guy who batted at No.3 in a bouncy Perth pitch in a test match and came up with a man-of-the match all-round performance to win the match for India. But, he had to bat behind Ashwin in an ODI?

  • prashant2390 on January 18, 2016, 20:46 GMT

    I know this might sound harsh but the truth is we really can't select a bowler who has not played even 50 first class matches.He will be found out and when it happens it will be a brutal end to his career.We have lots of Pandeys/Singhs/Kumars in domestic circuit but none up to the mark of International bowlers.We can't select a team based on few IPL performances(results are there to be seen by everyone--our talent cupboard is empty as rightly pointed by MSD) our young cricketers need to grind themselves at level of first class and prove themselves(after all these guys are no where near Wasim or Waqars as far as talent is concerned)...if could hire one good bowling coach who can teach the existing crop how to do it then we are in business...bhuvi, shami, yadav, aaron can form formidable attack..,forget about ishant sharma(a man who has played 60 odd tests and doesnt know where to bowl is not a bowler)..publish cricinfo

  • cricpanther on January 18, 2016, 18:41 GMT

    Excellent selection. Happy with youngster Bumrah called to the squad before world cup t20! More and more youngsters should tested now and get placed permanently as India badly need honest youngster who can give 100 % and honest effort and fight with maximum like Great MSDhoni!! We want more of youngsters from India A team and start having smooth transition to National team. Youngsters are more reliable and easier to handle and directed by Great MSD than classy senior cricketers at the moment in team!! Classy player like Kohli just get tons of runs and reaching near to Great Sachin's record but Kohli can't win matches like Great MSD and Great Sachin. I would say call to Unmukt Chand. Any how, after Sachin we do not want any one in the world to break his record, so No Kohli at all! Atleast remove Kohli from higher posts in all format. Once he is playing just as a batman he can feel the pressure like Raina, Gambhir, Yuvraj and Bhajje. Then Kohli will perform according to team requirement

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