JASPRIT BUMRAH (IND)
28 wickets in 6 Tests with a best of 5/54
India finally has a fast bowling attack that rivals the best in the world. Since the days of Kapil Dev carrying the Indian fast bowling hopes to Javagal Srinath being over bowled and losing his speed 5 years into his career, only Zaheer Khan has been a quality fast bowler who has risen and served the country for a long time.
However now, India has the likes of Mohammad Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and most importantly, Jasprit Bumrah who can pick wickets anywhere and in any conditions.
Bumrah broke onto the Indian cricket scene in the IPL, playing for Mumbai Indians. His unique action and ability to bowl yorkers at high speed got him a speedy move up the rungs and he made his India debut in 2016 in T20Is and ODIs and since then, has gone from strength to strength.
Many had questioned Bumrah’s sustainability in Test format given his unique action and whether he could bowl long spells in the format. He dispelled all those doubts with a brilliant outing in the South Africa Test series in 2018. Since then he has played 6 Tests and picked 28 wickets including two five-wicket hauls. He has 72 wickets in 41 ODIs and 43 wickets in 35 T20Is for India.
Given that he has also fallen to some injuries, Bumrah has been managed quite brilliantly by the team management keeping the 2019 World Cup in mind. Whatever happens, Bumrah is here to stay and keep picking wickets for India for a long time to come.