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Jasprit Bumrah’s no-ball becomes an illustration as Jaipur police use him for road safety awareness

Bumrah is not a perfect bowler in terms of style and technique but gets the work done for his team.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah of India. (Photo by Kieran Galvin/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Jasprit Bumrah has been a constant in the Indian limited-overs team for almost two years now. He has been around for a while and is no longer a rookie. Bumrah is a specialist bowler and has an unusual action. He is not a perfect bowler in terms of style and technique as per the text book but gets the work done efficiently for his team. However, Bumrah has not been his own recently.

He has a lot of qualities as a bowler and has certainly made recognisable development. Most of the credit for which goes to the IPL and his time with Lasith Malinga. Bumrah has improved a lot with his yorkers and can bowl them at will. We have seen him bowl some quality overs in the death and that has been his key attribute. He was at his peak in the IPL bowling some fantastic spells right through the tournament.

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He showed glimpses of his talent in the Champions Trophy but could not find his consistency. Bumrah was criticised for the same and still kept his place in the team because of his ability to tape the boundaries in the death overs.

Bumrah becomes an example

Jasprit Bumrah was taken apart by the Pakistan batsmen in the final of the Champions Trophy but the main thing that stood out for everyone was the no ball that he bowled. He bowled a superb delivery to get Fakhar Zaman out in single digits but his celebrations had to halt as it was a no ball.

This cost India the game as Zaman went on to score a magnificent century to take Pakistan past 300. Chasing a score of 338 is not so easy in the finals and even a nerveless team like India succumbed in front of the total and some brilliant bowling. However, Jaipur police came up with a rather fantastic idea to use Bumrah as an example.

They used it for road safety programs featuring the pacer on a poster which shows a collage of his no ball and two cars behind the zebra crossing line. They also used the tagline “Don’t cross the line it can be costly.”

This is a brilliant idea to keep the youngsters who break the traffic rules in check and Sanjay Agarwal the police commissioner of Jaipur also said the same.

“Usually it is seen that youths don’t care about traffic rules. Thus we have used the cricket action which is very contemporary and relevant to teach the youngsters that jumping red light or crossing the zebra line at crossings can prove costly to their lives,” he said.

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