Jasprit Bumrah made his debut under MS Dhoni in an ODI versus Australia in early 2016.  |  Photo Credit: PTI
- Jasprit Bumrah opened up on the advice he received from MS Dhoni ahead of his debut game
- Bumrah made his international debut in an ODI in early 2016
- Bumrah has now become a force to reckon with for Team India across formats
India were down and out in the five-match ODI series versus Australia Down Under in early 2016. Ahead of the fifth and final ODI, the Men in Blue had to play for pride to avoid a series whitewash at the hands of the Aussies despite challenging them in all the preceding games.
Prior to the match, India faced injury concerns as Bhuvneshwar Kumar made way for debutant Jasprit Bumrah. The Gujarat speedster had impressed one and all in the domestic circuit with his pace and awkward action. It was upto him to make a statement in international cricket and own the big stage with not much to play for the then visitors, under MS Dhoni.
Bumrah returned with impressive figures of 1 for 40 in his full quota of overs and hasn’t looked back ever since. Currently the pace spearhead of the line-up across formats, the 26-year-old Bumrah revealed the advice given by then skipper Dhoni ahead of his international debut.
Bumrah revealed in Cricbuzz show Spicy Pitch, “Nobody came up to me, nobody said anything, but MS came up and said just be yourself and enjoy.”
Dhoni, who was regarded as Captain Cool during his tenure as Team India captain, has time and again handled his bowling department with aplomb during his captaincy era. His simple yet effective word of advice for Bumrah surely helped him remain calm and not go overboard on his international debut.
Since then, Bumrah has played a total of 13 Tests, 64 ODIs and 50 T20Is. In a short career so far, the 26-year-old speedster has accounted for 226 wickets, including a Test hat-trick and being India’s leading wicket-taker in the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.
Bumrah is currently involved with Team India in the two-match Test series versus New Zealand in their own backyard. India lost the first Test by a whopping 10-wicket margin at Basin Reserve, Wellington on Monday (February 24). On the other hand, former skipper Dhoni remains out of action from the 22-yard circle since the 2019 World Cup semi-final and will take on the field in IPL 2020.