Jasprit Bumrah might be one of the biggest names in the contemporary cricket who has also changed the face of Indian pace attack over the years but Virat Kohli’s initial reaction about Bumrah was not great. As revealed by Parthiv Patel, Kohli refused to even give Bumrah a chance when Patel had pitched the idea of getting Bumrah on board for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Parthiv recalled while talking to Cricbuzz that he had told Kohli about picking Bumrah in 2014. “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 said on Cricbuzz.
Parthiv Patel was Bumrah’s first captain in the Gujarat domestic team and hence had seen the pacer’s rise closely. Bumrah who had his initial struggling days was later backed by Mumbai Indians and the fast bowler slowly became one of the stars of Indian cricket.
“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 were discussion 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,” added Parthiv.
At present it is impossible to think Indian cricket team without Bumrah. Virat Kohli was seen him backing the bowler at the national team. The pace attack that has been nourished by Kohli and Ravi Shastri has been led by Bumrah over these years. No wonder Mumbai Indians decided to retain him ahead of the mega auction along with the likes of Rohit Sharma.