Jasprit Bumrah first broke into the cricket scene in 2013 when he played for Mumbai Indians. He was impressive in his debut IPL match, taking 3/32 and dismissing star batsman Virat Kohli.
Six years down the line, Bumrah has become the most potent weapon for Indian skipper Virat Kohli across all formats.
The bowler with a sling-arm action just like Lasith Malinga has gone on to become the world’s best bowler in international cricket. He is lethal in all formats and an asset for any team he plays. He helped Mumbai Indians win the IPL 2019 with great death bowling in the final.
Here are some stats to prove Bumrah deserves the world’s best bowler tag across formats in the world currently.
In 2016, Bumrah broke Dirk Nannes’ record of most wickets (27) in T20Is in a calendar year. Bumrah took 28 wickets in 21 T20Is in 2016. He is joint second now in the list of most wickets in T20Is in a calendar year. The list is headed by Andre Tye (31) followed by Shadab Khan (28) of Pakistan.
He is just the third Indian bowler to take a hat-trick in Test cricket after Harbhajan Singh and Irfan Pathan. Bumrah achieved the feat during the Kingston Test against West Indies in 2019.
Bumrah is the first Asian bowler to take five-wicket hauls against Australia, England, and South Africa in the same calendar year. He took 5/54 against South Africa at Johannesburg, 5/28 against England at Trent Bridge, and 6/33 against Australia at Melbourne, all in 2018.
Bumrah finished 2018 with a record 48 wickets in Test cricket. It is a record for an Indian bowler in his debut year in Tests.
His performance in 2018 saw him being named in World Test XI and ODI XI by the ICC.
Bumrah is the second-fastest Indian after Mohammad Shami to take 100 wickets in ODIs. Bumrah took 57 ODIs to reach the landmark, while Shami took 56 ODIs. Brett Lee is at the top of the list, taking 55 ODIs to reach the landmark.
Bumrah finished as the highest wicket-taker for India in the 2019 World Cup and the fifth highest overall. He was even named in the Team of the Tournament by the ICC.
During the 2017 Sri Lanka tour, Bumrah recorded the most wickets (15) taken by any fast bowler in a bilateral ODI series of five or fewer matches.
When Bumrah took 5/7 against West Indies in 2019, he became the first Asian bowler to pick up a 5-wicket haul in West Indies, Australia, England, and South Africa.
Bumrah is the fastest Indian pace bowler to 50 Test wickets. He reached the landmark in his 11th Test. But overall, he is the joint third-fastest Indian to 50 Test wickets. He shares the third spot with Harbhajan Singh and Narendra Hirwani. Anil Kumble is second, reaching the landmark in 10 Tests. R Ashwin is at the top, reaching the landmark in just his 9th Test.