Yuvraj Singh knew in 2013 Jasprit Bumrah would be a match-winner in Tests

first_imgWorld Cup-winning former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh heaped rich praise on Jasprit Bumrah, calling him a once-in-a-generation bowler and a “cut above the rest” at the moment in international cricket.Yuvraj Singh revealed he foresaw Jasptrit Bumrah’s success in red-ball cricket when he first faced him in a Ranji Trophy match in 2013.Yuvraj’s comments come at a time when Jasprit Bumrah has answered criticism surrounding his red-ball future with some fine performances in Tests ever since he made his debut in South Africa in 2018. Bumrah has taken 61 wickets in just 12 Tests and has a 5-wicket haul in each of the overseas nations he has played so far.Bumrah has mastered the art of swing bowling and is being able to trouble opposition batsmen with movement at some serious pace.Yuvraj Singh highlighted that Jasprit Bumrah has been able to shut down his naysayers with the performances that he has been coming up with at the Test arena.”Bumrah is a class act. He is a once-in-a-generation kind of bowler. I first faced him during a Ranji Trophy game against Gujarat at the PCA Stadium in Mohali in 2013. I played a hostile spell of four overs from him and knew immediately that he was going to be a match-winner for India in Test cricket,” Yuvraj Singh told The Times of India.”Then, a lot of people questioned whether he would be able to excel in Test cricket because of his unique action. But he has kept his critics quiet with some mesmerizing performances in the past three years, that too in all formats. At present, he is definitely a cut above the rest.”advertisementBumrah, who was spotted by former India coach John Wright during his stint with Mumbai Indians, made his debut for the Indian Premier League franchise in 2013.Bumrah made his ODI and T20I debut in January 2016 but had to wait 2 more years for his Test debut. Even when Bumrah was picked for South Africa tour in 2018, questions were raised about his red-ball capabilities but the MI pacer shone in his very first Test tour, picking up 14 wickets in just 3 Tests.Bumrah is leading the wicket-taker’s charts in the ongoing 2-Test series against West Indies wherein he picked up his maiden Test hat-trick as well.Bumrah said he is happy with how his Test career has begun but maintained he has a lot of work to do while pointing out his upcoming challenge in India.”It’s been just 10-12 matches. My career has just started. I am learning everyday and trying to improve. I have to play in India as well. This has been a good start,” Bumrah said.”I always look a team goals. If we win the match, it’s fine even if I don’t get a wicket. I always think about how I can contribute to the team’s success. Be it taking wickets or creating pressure.”Also Read | India vs West Indies: Hanuma Vihari joins Sachin Tendulkar in elite list after 2nd innings fifty in JamaicaAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s backing gives me lot of self belief: Jasprit BumrahAlso See:last_img read more