Jasprit Bumrah made his debut in the Indian Premier League with Mumbai Indians in the 2013 season. Since then, he has been a core part of the franchise. On this day in 2013, he made his debut against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
When Bumrah made his debut against RCB, he went toe-to-toe with Virat Kohli. The world-class batsman smashed Bumrah for three fours in his maiden over. However, the pacer made a stellar comeback in the same over itself.
His IPL debut turned out to be a memorable one as he took the prized wicket of Virat Kohli. The right-arm quick went on to become the best pacer of Mumbai Indians and the Indian national cricket team.
Quite interestingly, Bumrah’s 100th wicket was also Virat Kohli. The fast bowler accomplished the landmark in the 2020 season of the IPL at the United Arab Emirates. Bumrah considers Lasith Malinga as his inspiration.
Bowling alongside the Sri Lankan legend reaped him rewards. Malinga assisted Bumrah a lot during his stint at Mumbai Indians. Malinga’s substantial tips did a world of good for Bumrah as he became the top-class bowler in the world.
The 27-year-old fast bowler perfected the art of bowling pin-point yorkers, a trait he learnt from his mentor Malinga. Today, Bumrah is hailed as a death over specialist. He is someone who can keep any batsman in check.
When Bumrah dismissed Kohli on his IPL debut
Case in point, Bumrah had a fantastic debut as he returned with sensational bowling figures of 3/32. The Mumbai Indians’ team management used the pacer for only two games in that season.
However, the fast bowler went wicketless in the second game. Coming to the point, the way in which Bumrah dismissed Virat Kohli was the real highlight. Bumrah got rid of Kohli in the fifth ball of the fifth over.
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Virat Kohli is someone who likes to mount pressure on the bowlers by taking the attack to the cleaners. The right-handed batsman hit three boundaries off Bumrah’s bowling before being dismissed by the pacer in the 5th over.
Kohli was dismissed leg before wicket off Bumrah’s bowling. It was one of the best comebacks in the IPL. Despite being smashed by 3 fours in maiden over, Bumrah held his nerves and made a brilliant comeback to dismiss Kohli.
Jasprit Bumrah – part of MI’s core group
Bumrah might have played just two games in his debut IPL season. However, after that, he went on to be a regular starter in Mumbai Indians’ playing XI. The right-arm pacer ended the IPL 2020 season with 27 wickets in 15 games.
He was the second-highest wicket-taker in the last season. Overall, Bumrah played 92 games in the cash-rich IPL wherein he took 109 wickets to his name. He maintained an impressive bowling average of 23.71 and an economy of 7.41.