The Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah is considered as one of the best fast bowlers of the present times. In fact because of his superb performance on the recently concluded England tour, former England skipper Nasser Hussain and former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar called him the best player of the present times in all the formats.
Jasprit Bumrah who is also the first Indian pacer to lead the team in a test match, as he captained the squad in the fifth rescheduled test match against England in the absence of Rohit Sharma, is also an integral part of the IPL team Mumbai Indians and has played an instrumental role in the franchise’s five IPL wins. He is also known for his unusual bowling action which makes it more difficult for the batters to handle him. The Gujarat cricketer is presently rested as he is not a part of the squad which is playing in West Indies but he will certainly play in the Asia Cup and the T20 World Cup.
Bumrah made his debut in 2016 under the leadership of MS Dhoni and since then, he has represented the country in 30 test matches, 72 ODIs and 58 T20Is in which he has taken 128 wickets, 121 wickets and 69 wickets, respectively.
While Bumrah has achieved huge success after making his debut in 2016, there were four other players who debuted in the same year but they are pretty far away from the national team now.
1. Rishi Dhawan:
Rishi Dhawan plays for Himachal Pradesh in the domestic circuits and in the IPL, he has played for many teams such as Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings), Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, etc. The all-rounder who bowls medium pace and bats in the middle-order made his debut before Jasprit Bumrah but was not able to make much impact at the national level. Rishi Dhawan played 3 ODIs and 1 T20I only in which he scored just 12 runs and 1 run, respectively. Moreover, as far as bowling is concerned, he took 1-1 wicket each in both the formats.
2. Faiz Fazal:
The 36 years old Indian cricketer who plays for the Vidharbha cricket team in domestic level made his debut in June 2016 against Zimbabwe. He scored 55 runs in his debut match but didn’t get any more chance to represent the country. Faiz Fazal played for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL but didn’t get many chances to prove his worth and since 2011, no IPL team has shown interest in buying him.
3. Karun Nair:
Karun Nair, the Karnataka cricketer who plays for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, made his ODI debut in the year 2016 against Zimbabwe and test debut against England. He played 2 ODIs and 6 test matches and he is the second Indian cricketer to score a triple hundred after Virender Sehwag and only third cricketer of the world who was able to convert his first century into a triple century. The 30 years old cricketer is nowhere close to make a comeback in the national team but the good thing is that he is still playing in the IPL.
4. Barinder Sran:
The 29 years old Indian cricketer plays for Chandigarh at domestic level and as far as the IPL is concerned, he is currently associated with Gujarat Titans as its net bowler. Barinder was a boxer earlier but he shifted to cricket at the age of 17 and he made his ODI debut against Australia and T20I debut against Zimbabwe in 2016. On his debut in ODI against Australia, he ended up with figure of 3/56 as he sent the star players of Australia (Aaron Finch, David Warner and Steve Smith) back to pavilion. He played 6 ODIs and 2 T20Is in which he took 7 and 6 wickets, respectively. Talking about the IPL, he has been a part of Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) and has played 24 matches in which he took 18 wickets.
Not everyone is special like Boom Boom Bumrah but these cricketers are also special because they managed to don the blue jersey, though for a short period.