Jasprit Bumrah's alarming numbers after comeback a source of concern

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Last Updated: Sat, Feb 8th, 2020, 14:26:25hrs

“Jasprit is obviously a class act. He has got a great slower ball, seems to have a great cricketing brain, executes his skills really well: Pat Cummins."

"He has the best and the most effective yorker among fast bowlers playing international cricket now: Wasim Akram."

"Jasprit is the best bowler in the world: Virat Kohli."  

"Bumrah is a class act. He is a once-in-a-generation kind of bowler: Yuvraj Singh."  

A mention of the Indian pacer is enough to draw praise and appreciation, considering his ability to change the game single-handedly and astutely dictate the momentum of the game. The cricketer played a key role in the nation's historic away Test series triumph in Australia, which seemed improbable a few years back. He further followed it up with excellent performances in the World Cup 2019, maintaining the same level of intensity in the tournaments held soon after as well. However, this joy was shortlived as Bumrah had to pay a heavy price for this passion, after sustaining a stress fracture in his back during India's tour of West Indies in August 2019. The 26-year-old was sidelined for a long absence of four months, before being selected in the Indian squad for the T20I series against Sri Lanka in January 2020.  

Fans were optimistic of their beloved pacer returning back to international cricket unaffected by the injury, with his performances maintaining the same dominance as before being sidelined. However, the numbers certainly paint a different picture, with the pacer's performances indicating a sharp decline in comparison to what he is capable of. Bumrah has found it difficult to make his presence felt with the cricketer struggling to account for wickets at the same rate as in the past. 

The pacer has picked just eight wickets in as many T20 Internationals and seven innings, at a strike rate of 19.5 and an economy rate of 6.38. While Bumrah has been reasonably economical in the shortest format of the game, there has been a remarkable decline in the cricketer's tally of dismissals. The pacer represented the nation during the T20I series against Sri Lanka and series whitewash in New Zealand, with the opening game of the series against the former washed out.  

The tally of dismissals has experienced a decline even in the 50-over format of the game, with Bumrah accounting for just one wicket in five matches against Australia and New Zealand so far. While the 26-year-old has ensured a healthy economy rate of 5.13 in the ODI format, the same level of dominance is certainly missing as evident from the three maiden overs out of a total of 46.1 overs.  

Bumrah's overall performances on home turf have seen him accumulate three wickets in five innings and six matches, at an economy rate of 4.88 and strike rate of 64.3. 

On the other hand, the 26-year-old has accounted for six wickets in seven matches at an economy rate of 6.15 and a strike rate of 40 in away conditions. 

The pacer is one of the most vital weapons in the arsenal for Team India, with his express pace and ability to intimidate the opposition on the back of excellent performances through thick and thin. It is vital for Bumrah to get back amongst the wickets as soon as possible, while at the same time maintain the same miserly attitude with the ball.