Former Indian coaches, Ravi Shastri and Bharat Arun deserve a lot of credit for shaping India’s fast-bowling attack as they turned into a formidable one. With Shastri as head coach and Arun as bowling coach, the transformation they brought about in India’s fast bowling department will be spoken about for ages. Currently, the pace bowling trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Mohammed Siraj wreaking havoc, especially in overseas conditions.
In terms of experience, Shami is the most capped among the three while Siraj is the youngest. On the other hand, Bumrah is the one that has risen quickest among the three. Since his Test debut in 2018 in South Africa, Jasprit Bumrah has already taken 100 Test wickets, of which only four have come at home. Ravi Shastri recently recalled the 2018 Test series in South Africa and revealed how he and captain Virat Kohli carefully planned Bumrah’s debut in whites.
The former head coach specifically recalled how he has no doubt regarding Jasprit Bumrah making his Test debut in South Africa.
During a recent conversation on Star Sports, Ravi Shastri said, “He knew. I made Bharat Arun call him up and let him know that be ready. You might just get a call up. I spoke to Virat, spoke to the selectors. I said not in India… don’t even bring him into the 15 in India. Unleash him straight in South Africa. And coming to Cape Town.”
What transpired from there has been nothing short of legendary for the Indian team. Jasprit Bumrah had a fine start in the first two matches, claiming seven wickets, but it was in Johannesburg in the third match where the star bowler led from the front and grabbed a five-wicket-haul to help India register a memorable win. And ever since, there has been looking back for Bumrah as he went on to become the spearhead of the Indian bowling attack.