Jasprit Bumrah's powerful message after victory against Pakistan: “A year ago, the same people were saying…”

Indian Prime Minister pacer Jasprit Bumrah has silenced critics who raised questions about his future a year ago as he recovered from a back injury. Bumrah underwent back surgery and missed much of the cricket, including the 2022 T20 World Cup and the 2023 World Test Championship final. He made a return to competitive cricket with the tour of Ireland in the year last and performed well in the Asia Cup and the 2024 ODI World Cup.

Jasprit Bumrah was the star player for India with his brilliant spell against Pakistan. (Getty Images via AFP)

Bumrah, who has been unstoppable, continued his red-hot form and produced a breathtaking spell against Pakistan in a T20 World Cup match on Sunday. He took three wickets for just 14 runs in four overs, stunning the arch rivals in a low-scoring thriller. India defended their lowest ever total in T20Is – 119, with Boomrah make a huge difference.

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After the match, Bumrah hit back at those who doubted his resilience and determination. “A year ago, the same people were saying that I might not play again and that my career was over, and now the question has changed,” Bumrah said in the post-match press conference.

Talking about his performance against Pakistan, Bumrah asserted that he was only looking to solve the problem with the best option available on the tricky New York pitch while defending a moderate goal.

“I'm not trying to figure out if I'm playing to the best of my ability. I'm trying to solve the problem in front of me,” he explained. “I know it's a cliché answer… but I was trying to focus on the best option here on a wicket like this.”

The 30-year-old kept his nerves in the pressure situation and took a penultimate three-run over, where he also claimed the crucial wicket of Iftikhar Ahmed. No stranger to bowling in critical situations, Bumrah shared his mindset on dealing with outside noise.

“Because if I look at the noise outside, if I look at the people and the pressure and the emotion takes over, then things don't really work for me,” the 30-year-old said.

The conditions of the ongoing T20 World Cup are not the same as this year's IPL, where the flat tracks did not provide any help to the bowlers and Bumrah was excited about the big change in New York.

“Obviously the IPL we played wasn't very bowler friendly, but we're very happy we didn't come here with that baggage,” Bumrah noted.

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