“A year ago people thought my career was over…” Jasprit Bumrah, who overturned the match in 4 overs, gave a jaw-dropping reply to the critics.

Experts from around the world are often seen decoding the four overs of 30-year-old Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah. Especially it proved to be a game changer in the four over match. This time, Bumrah hit back at Pakistan. Bumrah himself seemed quite satisfied with his third, India’s 15th over.

‘Third over changed the game’

Captain Rohit Sharma asked him to bowl the 15th over. Before that, Arshdeep and Hardik Pandya were bowling. On the very first ball of the 15th over, Bumrah became dangerous on the pitch.
Md. Rizwan (31 off 44 balls) was caught on a fuller length ball. From here the game changed. “My third over, if it had gone in Pakistan’s favour, the match would have been in their name. We were very happy that we came back on that occasion,” Bumrah said. In this over, Bumrah spent 3 runs and also took a wicket. Bumrah took 3 wickets for 14 runs in 4 overs.

Jasprit Bumrah’s 4 overs

Captain Rohit Sharma is also being praised for making the best use of Bumrah. The skipper did not start Bumrah, instead asking him to bowl the third over which cost him 4 runs. In the fifth over, he spent 5 runs and took the wicket of Babar Azam to rock Pakistan’s innings. Suryakumar Yadav took a brilliant catch at first slip. Pakistan lost their first wicket for 26 against a target of 120 runs. Rohit Sharma never gets tired of praising him. “I want him to be in that mindset till the end of the World Cup. He is brilliant with the ball,” says the captain.

Bumrah: 4-0-14-3
Third over- 4 runs
5th over- 5 runs and a wicket
15th over- 3 runs and a wicket
19th over- 3 runs and a wicket

Reply to critics

Jasprit Bumrah took the critics in stride. Bumrah says, “A year ago people thought that my career was over and that I would not play any further. Now the questions have changed and people are asking whether I am bowling to my full potential or not… “I try to. My best.”

Over the master of death

Many greats like Sunil Gavaskar, Wasim Akram, Anil Kumble, Irfan Pathan and former Pakistan bowler Sikandar Bakht are fans of Bumrah. When Bumrah came to bowl in the 19th over, Pakistan needed 21 runs from 6 balls. Bumrah spent 3 runs off the first 5 balls and finished off Iftikhar Ahmed on the sixth ball. Iftikhar was caught by Arshdeep. Left arm pacer Arshdeep then completed the task by taking the wicket of Imad Wasim on the very first ball of the 20th over.

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