It has been four years since the Indian cricket fandom saw the entry of Jasprit Bumrah into the international squad. The young Gujarati pacer quikcly turned heads and made headlines with his astounding performances, and has been hailed as one of the greatest bowlers in the world at present. However, the only thing that the former ICC World No. 1 ODI bowler narrowly missed to clinch was the esteemed Arjuna Award, an honour he came very close to grasp last year. However, this year, Bumrah has been nominated by BCCI to be the front runner of the category of cricketers in the award ceremony for this year!
Despite his marvellous consistency with the ball, Bumrah couldn’t emerge as the winner of Arjuna Awards in the past two years.
In 2018, the pacer had only completed two years with Team India, a year less than the minimum criteria of three years of cricket at international level. In 2019, Bumrah came close to be the winner, but again it was the men in Blue stalwart Ravindra Jadeja regarding seniority.
However this year, with BCCI about to give out their list of Arjuna Award nominees by the end of this month, its high likely that the Gujarat fast bowler will come out on top.
“He (Bumrah) certainly has the best credentials. He was ICC’s No 1 ranked ODI bowler. He is the only Asian bowler to pick up five-wicket hauls in South Africa, England, Australia and West Indies,” a source from BCCI was quoted by PTI.
Since his international debut against Australia in January 2016, Bumrah has made 12 Test, 58 ODI and 45 T20I appearances for India, and has picked up 62, 104 and 59 wickets in the three formats respectively. With 719 ratings, he is currently ranked no. 2 in ICC’s ODI bowler rankings, 8 points behind New Zealand star Trent Boult in the top spot.
Indian Women cricket team icon Smriti Mandhana was the Arjuna Award winner in 2018, and her teammate and legendary bowler Poonam Yadav was the joint winner with Jadeja last year.