Recently, former India wicket-keeper and batter, Parthiv Patel revealed that former India and Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli didn’t think Indian bowler Jasprit Bumrah could do anything while talking on a Cricbuzz analysis show. Patel talked about how he mentioned Bumrah’s name to Kohli during a practice session while playing for RCB. Kohli said, “Ye Bumrah-Vumrah kya karenge?” which translates to ‘What will such players do?’.
Parthiv Patel was quoted saying, “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?). ”
“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(s) 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,” Patel added.
Former India and Mumbai Indians coach John Wright has been a crucial part of Bumrah’s selection in the IPL. While speaking in an interview with Hindustan Times, Wright was quoted saying, “With young players, numbers can tell a little bit, but not everything. You got to try and look two-three years ahead, and imagine what he would be like.
“I had no idea what Bumrah’s and Hardik’s numbers were when I saw them. You look at them and just say ‘wow! That guy can bowl or that guy can hit a cricket ball’.”
“Bumrah just bowled a lot of fast yorkers, especially at the death, and he had strong recommendation from Gujarat captain Parthiv (Patel). He caught my eye instantly,” the New Zealand international added.
Wright also talked about scouting Hardik Pandya. “He hit 80-odd against Mumbai and some of his shots reminded me of Sehwag. The power he generated was unbelievable. One of the shots he played just zipped to the boundary. You notice those little things. And then he could bowl as well. He was very young and athletic and you know he just had talent”, he said.