Despite playing just 12 Test matches, Team India pacer Jasprit Bumrah, on the back of his extraordinary short career, has already ensured that his name becomes a part of any discussion on best bowlers of the modern-day cricket.
A young Ahmedabad pacer, who first caught the attention with his unorthodox bowling style in the Indian Premier League (IPL) playing for Mumbai Indians (MI), Bumrah has climbed the stairs of success at a faster rate than what an arrow can display.
There are not many batsmen on the 22 yards at the moment who do not feel nervous about facing Bumrah. But, the paceman himself was recently seen a little shaky when asked questions in a rapid-fire round by a female anchor for a fintech company, Zaggle.
Sporting a yellow T-shirt, Bumrah was asked questions over his favorite players and also Bollywood stars. One of the questions that the anchor hurled at him was to pick the hot one between the two popular actresses – Anushka Sharma and Deepika Padukone. The anchor also ‘warned’ him by saying “be very careful!” since Anushka is the wife of Team India captain Virat Kohli.
Bumrah has a great bonding with Kohli and therefore he played it safe by naming Deepika. “It is not a safe option,” said Bumrah, leaving the anchor chortling.
The 25-year-old speedster recently climbed to the career-high third spot in the ICC rankings for Test bowlers and that came as a result of his successful tour of West Indies where he picked up 13 wickets at an average of just 9.23 in two Tests.
The most memorable of his bowling spell came in the first match where he took 5 for seven in the second innings to propel visitors to 318 runs win in Antigua. He also went on to take a hat-trick on the tour.
Bumrah picks one between Alia Bhatt and Parineeti Chopra
The anchor’s next bouncer at Bumrah was: “Who is more fun, Alia or Parineeti?” To this, Bumrah said: “I have seen some pictures of Alia. So Alia.” The anchor then asked: “You like Alia?”
“I have seen her movies. So I can relate to it,” Bumrah said in reply.
Bumrah, who has now over 200 international wickets, has mostly played on foreign soil in his first year of Test cricket and has achieved sensational success. Team India will play a number of home series this year and the Indian fans expect him to deliver with similar intensity on the home turf.