NEW DELHI, April 27: Jasprit Bumrah has risen rapidly to become one of the leading fast bowlers in the world but he says many thought that he would be the �last person to play for India� given his unusual bowling action.
The Indian pacer made this revelation during a live session on Instagram with former India batsman Yuvraj Singh.
�Many people told me that I won�t play for long, there was an expectation that the last person to play for the country would be me,� said Bumrah when Yuvraj asked him about his high-arm bowling action.
�They told me that I would just play one or two Ranji Trophy games, that it (the action) is difficult for the body. But I kept on improving and I persisted with my action,� said the 26-year-old, who made his India debut in January 2016 following his exploits in the IPL.
Bumrah, without taking names, also revealed the inspiration behind his action.
�I have not taken special coaching and whatever I have learnt is from seeing the TV. I used to replicate the action of a tennis ball bowler.
�I don�t know when this action was developed. Till Under-19, I had a different action. That used to change, but when this action got developed, then nobody allowed me to change it and I worked on it,� he said.
Bumrah has gone on to play 64 ODIs, 50 T20s and 14 Tests for the country since breaking into the side. � PTI