The upcoming tour of Australia is a very important one for India, as it gives them a chance to shut the critics who feel they struggle overseas. Each and every player in the squad will be crucial if India are to trump the Kangaroos at their own turf, especially in the Tests.
One of the most important players for the 'Men in Blue', apart from skipper Virat Kohli, will be fast-bowler Jasprit Bumrah. Ever since making his debut for the national team, the pacer has been sensational, growing from strength to strength.
Now it seems, along with his brilliant ability with the ball, Bumrah is adding batting to his arsenal. Ahead of the first T20I between the two teams on November 21, the right-arm fast bowler could be seen practicing with the bat in the nets. And contrary to the popular belief, he batted like a proper batsman, hitting some lovely shots.
In a video posted by the Indian cricket team on their official twitter handle, Bumrah could be seen hitting some wonderful shots, that too in a manner which probably a Rohit Sharma or a Kohli would do.
In his relatively short career so far, Bumrah has just 10 runs in Tests, 11 in ODIs and 8 in T20Is, given most times he comes to bat at No.11. But his primary responsibility for the team is with the ball, and that's the area where he is unmatchable.
Just six Tests into his career, he already has 28 wickets, proving to show that he is ready to take on the mantle as India's primary fast bowler. As for the limited-overs format, in which he is considered as a specialist, Bumrah already has 78 and 46 wickets in ODIs and T20Is respectively. In the 50-over format, he is presently the No.1 ranked bowler.
India and Australia will take on each other in three T20Is, four Tests and three ODIs starting November 21.