Virat Kohli: Indian captain reveals the reason why he doesn’t anymore bowl in International Cricket. And it’s Jasprit Bumrah!
Indian Cricket Team captain- Virat Kohli is unarguably one of the best bastman (if not the best) across all formats in contemporary Cricket. He has an average of above 50 in all the three formats, and has lead India magnificently through the team’s journey to the summit in Tests. With a win percentage of 75.42 in the One-Dayers, he has made his mark in captaincy as well.
But, that feeling of the ball hitting the stumps, has a different intoxication of its own, which only a full-fledged bowler can experience in the real sense of the term. And this is one facet of the game, which is perhaps not his cup of tea. But, Virat Kohli thinks it otherwise.
Kohli was and apparently still is confident about his bowling abilities, but it was Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who had put a full stop to Kohli’s career as a bowler in International cricket!
What is Bumrah’s involvement?
The Indian skipper last bowled in an International match in the year 2017. But, it was the limited overs series against Sri Lanka in 2017 that apparently ended his career as a bowler.
But wait, it was not an entirely voluntary decision, as Jasprit Bumrah acted as a deterrent in his smooth flowing bowling career.
During an interview with the Host broadcaster of the World Cup Kohli spilled the beans, as he blamed Bumrah for not letting him bowl during the 2017 India-Sri Lanka ODI series.
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— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 2, 2019
“It was the during the ODI series in Sri Lanka (in 2017) where we had almost won everything, I asked MS (Dhoni) if I could bowl. Just when I was getting ready to roll my arm over, Bumrah (Jasprit) shouted from the boundary and said ‘no joking around, it is an international game’.”
The fact that he still loves rolling his arms over, was seen a couple of days ago, when the 30-year-old was seen bowling his off-spins ahead of the net sessions in Southampton, where India will play its opening match of the World Cup against the Proteas on June 5.
“Had back issues and then never bowled”- Virat Kohli
Following the Bumrah exclamation that day, Kohli said that he suffered with a back injury and never bowled in International cricket.
“After that I had back issues and then never bowled (in the middle),” said the Indian captain.