'Ye Bumrah-Vumrah kya karenge' - Parthiv Patel recalls Virat Kohli's words in IPL 2014 while considering Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah and Parthiv Patel played for the same state Gujarat in the Ranji Trophy.
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Former Indian wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel revealed that he had spoken highly about Jasprit Bumrah to Virat Kohli during his stint with the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL 2014, but Kohli did not take it seriously. Patel had watched Bumrah from close quarters since the latter’s Ranji Trophy stints with Gujarat in his early years. Bumrah made his IPL debut in 2013 for the Mumbai Indians, but 2015 was his breakout season which earned him a call-up to the Indian side.
Since then, Bumrah has turned into one of the best bowlers of the current generation in world cricket and has been excelling in all formats for India. He has also been a vital part of Mumbai Indian’s successful title-winning campaigns in the last many years. There is no doubt that Bumrah would have done a world of good to Kohli’s RCB franchise had he taken note of Patel’s words.
It was his own hard work that really brought out the best in him: Parthiv Patel
Patel revealed that Kohli wasn’t much interested in taking a look at Bumrah in IPL 2014 despite Patel rating him really highly. He added that Bumrah has come a long way from underperforming in 2013, 2014, and the backing of Mumbai Indians helped out the speedster to have a brilliant season in 2015. He also highlighted that Bumrah’s own hard work had a lot to do in the development of his bowling in the IPL as well as in the international circuit.
“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?),” Parthiv told Cricbuzz.
“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,” he added.