Steve Smith, the talisman and former captain of the Australian Cricket Team. A devastating batsman, former world no. 1 in Test cricket and currently ranked second only behind Virat Kohli. Surely, a nightmare for the opposition bowlers. However, what is the secret to send the heavy hitter walking from the 22 yards? The classified information comes straight from Team India’s superstar pacerm the one and only Jasprit Bumrah!
After a period of four months away from the field due to an injury, Bumrah is set to make a comeback tomorrow as India is taking on Sri Lanka in the upcoming T20 series.
Just ahead of tomorrow’s game at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati, the 26 year old were speaking about his career under the captaincy of both Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli. The Gujrat seamer, who has secured 51 T20 and 104 ODI wickets since his international debut in 2016, remembered his first dismissal in the latter format, which was none other than Steve Smith.
In an interview with Hindustan Times, Bumrah said: “My first one-day wicket is Steve Smith. There’s no particular way that you get a batsman out.”
Speaking of the 30 year old Aussie, Bumrah let out a trick to get Smith’s wicket in a match.
He continued: “You study what the wicket is doing, then select the best option. What I look to do against any good batsman, is to have patience.”
When asked about any potential player that he sees as an immediate rival, Bumrah suggested otherwise: “I don’t look at it that way, no. I enjoy fast bowling. I am not the kind of guy who will get jealous.”
“If good fast bowling is happening, I will always watch and I will have fun. Even if somebody is bowling really well against us,” he added.
Although the Mumbai Indians star’s rise to fame was in the Indian Premier League, Bumrah added that its the Test format that he is the most fond of: “If you do well in Tests, you can do well in any format. Because people saw me in the IPL first, they think that’s what made me.”