India speedster Jasprit Bumrah, who tore apart the Indian T20 League to make a name for himself, has become an asset for the national side across all three formats. With tricky bouncers and deadly yorkers in his repertoire, the lanky pacer is a nightmare for the best of batters.
Having said that, the third Test between India and South Africa is set to be a nostalgic trip for the 28-year-old. Bumrah will return to Cape Town, a venue where he started his career in whites. Taking to Twitter, the Ahmedabad-born man penned down an emotional note on the same.
“Cape Town, January 2018 – is where it all began for me in Test cricket. Four years on, I’ve grown as a player and a person and to return to this ground brings back special memories,” tweeted Bumrah.
Cape Town, January 2018 – is where it all began for me in Test cricket. Four years on, I’ve grown as a player and a person and to return to this ground brings back special memories. 😊 pic.twitter.com/pxRPNnqwBH
— Jasprit Bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) January 9, 2022
It is to be noted that Bumrah was introduced to world cricket as a limited over specialist before receiving a surprise call for the series against the Proteas in 2018. On 5th January that year, he earned his first Test cap picking up 4 wickets in his maiden appearance. He ended the series with 14 scalps to his name, which included a five-wicket haul in Johannesburg.
Speaking about Bumrah’s debut last December, former India head coach Ravi Shastri revealed that he insisted on launching the gifted talent overseas and not on home soil.
“He knew. I made Bharat Arun call him up and let him know that be ready. You might just get a call-up. I spoke to Virat, spoke to the selectors. I said not in India… don’t even bring him into the 15 in India. Unleash him straight in South Africa. And coming to Cape Town,” he said on ‘The Ravi Shastri’ Show on Star Sports.
Since then, Bumrah has gone on to pick 107 wickets in 26 Tests at 23.24 with a strike rate of 52.2.