It was the 3rd of October, 2022 and the Indian team was just over a month away from their next T20 world cup campaign when they were hit with the sudden news that their spearhead bowler, Jasprit Bumrah was ruled out of the world cup. These created a lot of waves and worries among the Indian team and though they did have a decent world cup, they couldn’t lift the trophy. The Indian team would have definitely hoped for Burmah’s presence, especially during their semi-final bout against England, which was a highly one-sided match. With the ODI world cup on its way, the Indian team will be excited about the return of Bumrah.
But in this article, we will try to perform a comparative analysis and see how India’s bowling attack has performed with and without the presence of Bumrah in the ODIs since 2020. We will specifically focus on the death overs since the Indian team has always struggled to contain the runs in the death.
Team Level Performance
Here, we can see a contrast to what any cricket viewer would predict. Even though Bumrah has played only 14 out of 41 matches since 2020, we can see that all the metrics have been better for the bowling attack without Bumrah. Indian bowlers without Bumrah have taken a wicket every 31 runs while with Bumrah, they have considered an average of 43 runs before picking up a wicket. They have also bowled at a better economy and have bowled more dot deliveries.
Now an argument that can be raised is that the bowling attack with Bumrah has faced tougher opposition with potent batting. But this doesn’t change the fact that the Indian team have excellent backups and they are not over-dependent on a single bowler to deliver for them in crucial games.
Death Overs Figures Bumrah’s Presence
Here we can see that Bumrah stood out as their best bowler in the death overs. He picked up 8 wickets at a good economy of 7.1 and this is followed by Shami who picked up 8 wickets at a slightly higher economy rate of 8.1. But the bowlers revolving around them have been below par in the death. A few bowlers like Pandya, Natarajan and Prasidh Krishna have been equally impressive but have gotten fewer chances than the mainstay bowlers. A few surprising inclusions in this list are the usage of Kuldeep and Chahal in the last 10 overs where they have proved to be handy. The overuse of Bumrah and Shami in the death overs has given the other Indian bowlers lesser exposure.
Death Overs Figures Bumrah’s Absence
An immediate contrast from the previous chart is that Shardul Thakur has considerably improved in his death overs performances when Bumrah wasn’t present. An economy rate from 10.7(during the presence of Bumrah) to 8.04 with a higher wicket-taking tendency makes him a reliable death overs bowler. Mohammed Siraj has been the find for India when it comes to fast bowling. He has stepped up on occasions when the main bowlers were not present and though he has not picked a lot of wickets in the death, his ability to nail consistent yorkers and variations in his pace with an excellent economy of 7.1 makes him another dependable candidate in this phase.
Bowlers like Prasidh Krishna and Chahal were instrumental in the death overs and were used more often than when Bumrah was present. What makes them special is their consistent performance in the death overs in both instances. Deepak Chahar who was always considered a new ball bowler has considerably improved in the death overs in the last couple of years. While he isn’t an outright wicket-taker, his good economy rate in the death overs makes him a good candidate for the future.
Jasprit Bumrah has always been India’s best bowler for a very long time and his influence on the team is extremely crucial. But it doesn’t rule out the fact that India’s upcoming bunch of pacers have the much-needed skillset to carry forth India’s bowling woes in the death and this in itself is a huge optimistic sign for the Indian team going into the future.