Jasprit Bumrah is doing what he can, using speed off the air, clocking in above 140kph most balls, keeping his line tight.
The final ball of the over before lunch. Rohit Sharma walks up to Bumrah from mid-off, says, “why don’t you try a slower ball, like the one you use in one-dayers?”
Bumrah instantly recognizes it as a great idea. “Some of those guys play with hard hands, so maybe…maybe the ball will dip, maybe he will lob it to short cover…” he thinks.
Bumrah, the master of the variety show, is a scorching fast bowler with a bag of tricks that’s spilling over. Full up missiles, back-of-the-length nags, slower balls, swinging in, swinging out, off-cutters and leg-cutters, seam up and cross seam, yorkers—always those yorkers—all served up with unnerving accuracy.
His captain Virat Kohli calls him the “most complete bowler in the world”, and it’s hardly an exaggeration.