Bangalore v Mumbai, IPL 2013, Bangalore April 5, 2013

Bumrah revels on big stage

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mumbai Indians' Jasprit Bumrah, a virtually unknown teenager from Gujarat, had a memorable IPL debut on Thursday, taking 3 for 32 against Royal Challengers Bangalore. He didn't have the best of starts, though, being taken for three fours in his first four deliveries by Virat Kohli.

He then had Kohli lbw off his fifth ball, and celebrated exuberantly. "He had hit me for three boundaries in that over and so I was angry," Bumrah told the IPL website. "I am always like this on the field."

Bumrah was picked for the match ahead of more experienced contenders like Dhawal Kulkarni and Abu Nechim, but wasn't fazed by the occasion. "It was the first time that I played in front of such huge crowd but I wasn't paying any attention to the crowd. The more you focus on the inside, the better it is."

Mumbai have a line-up including some of the biggest names in cricket, including Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting, players any youngster would dream of meeting. "I did feel a little overawed by all the big players in the team initially. But they were so welcoming and friendly, they made me feel at ease."

He hit the headlines with a Man-of-the-Match performance in the final of the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament, and he impressed Mumbai's coach John Wright earlier in the tournament with his bowling in the league stage in Ahmedabad. "John Wright had come to watch one of our T20 matches and he watched me bowl in two games," Bumrah said. "He didn't talk to me or hint anything. After he went, I got a call asking if I was interested in signing a contract with the Mumbai Indians."

One of the things that make Bumrah difficult to deal with initially is his unusual action, with stiff hands and bowling well wide of the crease. It looks ungainly but his coach Kishore Trivedi, father of Rajasthan Royals and Gujarat medium-pacer Siddharth, doesn't want him to alter the action. "There were many who felt that we should change his action but I was reluctant," Trivedi told Indian Express. " He is a natural and there was no point in making drastic changes. It would've led him nowhere."

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  • Sanat on April 6, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    Dream start - make it count Jasprit and good on you Trivedi for letting the boy be his original. After each one of us are our very own, what we make of ourselves is what matters - while we learn from others.

  • Dummy4 on April 6, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    Naman Ojha, Parmeshwaran, and Asnodkar all three are decent FC players in India. Valthaty was never a successful FC player. Kamran has not even played FC cricket yet and is a failure of BCCI as an administration who at NCA was almost ruined, but thanks to CEC, Brisbane, who helped him get his action back, when RR sent him there, still one of the brightest young fast bowling talent in India. Bumrah has done well at U19 level was 4th highest wicket taker, only 4 wickets behind, in current season in Cooch Behar trophy and national Mushtaq Ali T20 trophy, that brought him into MI squad once John Wright saw him bowl there. While Valthaty and Kamran were pretty much an unknowns and had sudden success. While Valtahy had played for India U19 WC in 2002, he was almost forgotten.

  • Anupam on April 5, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    1 IPL match, 3 wickets of harmless balls, nothing special in the bowling, "IPL" and we hype up a player or start writing articles on them. There are 14 odd matches in the tournament per team, this was the first and what do we get? "Bumrah revels on the big stage"!! Atleast let the guy put up a string of performances, else the media will ruthlessly put him down!! Nothing against Bumrah, hope he continues the hard work, learn from the legends and does not get carried by one fluke performance and IPL!! Though IPL has indeed given him a stage.

  • sam on April 5, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    @SK5983 Ha ha ha ha. Joke of the century mate. I don't think he is good enough for first class cricket, let alone international cricket. If Amla faces him in a test match he will score 500 runs in a day.

  • Sachin on April 5, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    bumrahh is the future of india in t20 cricket

  • Dummy4 on April 5, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    His bowling action reminds me of Makhaya Ntini...