Former Indian wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel revealed that he had spoken highly about Jasprit Bumrah to Virat Kohli during his stint with the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL 2014, but Kohli did not take it seriously. Pacer Jasprit Bumrah came into the limelight early in his career through incredible performances for the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians (MI). Parthiv Patel had watched Bumrah from close quarters since the latter’s Ranji Trophy stints with Gujarat in his initial years. Bumrah made his IPL debut in 2013 for the Mumbai Indians, but 2015 was his breakout season which earned him a call-up to the Indian side.
Bumrah over the years
“In 2014, when I was at RCB, I told Kohli there’s this bowler named Bumrah. Have a look at him. Virat replied saying ‘Chhor na yaar. Ye Bumrah-Vumrah kya karenge?’ (Leave it. What will such players do?),”PARTHIV TOLD CRICBUZZ
“When he was first picked, Bumrah played Ranji Trophy for the first 2-3 years. 2013 was his first year, and he didn’t have a good season in 2014. In 2015, it was so bad that there was discussion(s) going on that he might have to be sent back home mid-season. But, he slowly began improving and Mumbai Indians really backed him. It was his own hard work and such backing that really brought out the best in him,”Parthiv added
In IPL 2022, Bumrah didn’t have the best of starts as he was smashed for 43 runs in 3.2 overs in Mumbai Indians’ opening match vs Delhi Capitals. MI went on to lose to Delhi Capitals by four wickets.