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Bumrah vs Rabada

What is fantasy cricket:

Fantasy Cricket is a sub-part of the Fantasy Gaming genre where-in players get to set up their virtual teams which consist of 11 players from all over the league(for example IPL). These virtual teams are commonly referred to as Fantasy Teams. Players get to be the coaches of their said teams and select their 11 based on the performance and current forms of the players. Players are awarded points for each of their 11 players based on their performance in the latest match played, considering the number of runs they scored, number of wickets taken, catches, sixes, fours, or if they manage to reach a landmark i.e a half-century, century, or a hattrick. The Fantasy Team that racks up the most number of points after the end of the tournament is declared the winner. Players can also create custom tournaments to compete with their friends. Through this, the players get to show love for their favourite players and also display their knowledge of the game. In the end, it’s all a game of skill and the player with the deepest knowledge takes away the prize.

The Art of bowling:

It can be said that bowling is the not-so-glamorous part of cricket as considered by a lot of people who play this sport, it’s not considered as flashy and as fun as batting may be considered by most, but it’s an art form respected and observed by a lot of devoted cricket watchers. The run-up, the swing of the arm, the delivery, it all matters to deliver that PERFECT ball.

During the 2000s era, everyone was attracted to the delivery action of Bret Lee Waqar Younis, Zahir Khan, later on, everyone fell in love with Dale Steyn’s style and the trend keeps continuing. And that brings us to Jasprit Bumrah and Kagiso Rabada, two Pacers who arguably have two iconic styles of delivery. But it’s not only their delivery that makes them iconic, but it’s also the waves they’ve been making since they debuted on the international stage has caught the attention of fans and critics alike.

The beginning of two iconic careers:

Jasprit Bumrah started his career playing for the domestic team of Gujrat and made his debut against Vidarbha in 2013 and managed to take 7 wickets in that match, he ended the season as the side’s leading wicket-taker. He made his T20 debut against Maharashtra in the 2012-13 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and was crucial to Gujrat clinching the title with a Man Of The Match performance. The 19-year-old made waves when he managed to end his first IPL game for Mumbai Indians against RCB with a figure of 3/32, and also put himself in the history books by being only the second bowler in the side to take 3 wickets on debut. His amazing performance led MI to re-buy him in the subsequent season. His inevitable International call-up came when he was named in Team India’s squad for its 2015-16 series against Australia as a replacement for Mohammad Shami who was out injured and made his debut at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
After that debut, Bumrah has moved from strength to strength as he has turned out to be the answer to India’s ‘death over bowling woes’, as he has perfected the art of bowling inch-perfect yorkers and has grown into an indispensable asset for the Indian team in T20 and ODI format. Bumrah has managed to build up his iconic bowling style like many greats before him, A short run-up followed by a snappy bowling action where his delivery arm stays as stiff as a bone.

While this prodigy was spreading its wings, there was another one coming up through the ranks of South African Cricket, winning the hearts of several and impressing others. Kagiso Rabada started his career playing for the domestic side of Gauteng in the CSA Provincial One-Day Competition against Border in 2013. Rabada was chosen for the South African Under-19s for 2014 ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup. Kagiso earned his reputation as a brutal bowler who managed to terrorize the Australian line-up with a spell of 6/25 constantly hitting the mid-140s on the speedometer. After propelling his side to the final via his ruthless bowling, he ended the tournament as his side’s second-highest wicket-taker. His brilliance did not go unheard of as he was awarded a contract with the Highveld Lions upon return to South Africa.

Under the mentorship of some greats like Chris Morris and Lonwabo Tsotsobe in the Lions, Kagiso rose rapidly through the ranks and soon was rewarded with his first call up for the South African National Team travelling to Australia and ended up making his debut against them in November of 2014 in the T20 format and was soon awarded his ODI debut in 2015 against Bangladesh and in that very game, he managed to write history by taking a debut hat-trick and ending the game with a bowling figure of 6-16, the best figure of all time on an ODI debut. Kagiso has managed to build up his iconic bowling method with those fiery paced deliveries with accurate line and length.

Some Defining Moments:

In January of 2017 during the second match of the T20I series between India and England during the 2016-17 England’s tour of India, Jasprit Bumrah picked up 2 wickets while only giving away 20 runs in his limited quota of 4 overs with the defining moment being him taking two wickets and giving away only two runs when England needed 8 to win off the final over, with Bumrah producing an excellent yorker with 6 runs to win off the final ball of the game. During the 2016-17 tour of Sri Lanka, Bumrah recorded the most wickets taken by any fast bowler in a bilateral ODI series, taking 15 wickets during that time. In Nov 2017, Bumrah received his International Test call up, he made his debut against South Africa. He also got his maiden test wicket when he clean bowled AB de Villers. In his 3rd Test of the India v South Africa Series, Bumrah got his maiden 5 wicket haul in Tests. He was named in the ODI XI by cricbuzz in that very year, rewarding him for his excellent performances throughout the year. On the Boxing Day Test of India v Australia in 2018, Bumrah set a record of becoming the first Asian Bowler to take five-wicket hauls in Australia, England and South Africa in the same calendar year. He finished the year with 48 wickets which set another record as he had the most wickets by an Indian bowler in their debut year in Test Cricket.

He made his World Cup debut in the ICC 2019 Cricket World Cup and was labelled as the strike bowler for India while also being listed in the ICC list of top five exciting talents making their World Cup debuts. During the World Cup, he proved it to the world as to why he was the number 1 ranked ODI bowler as he took 18 wickets in 9 matches with an economy of 4.41 while also being the leading wicket-taker for India during the same time. He bowled 9 maidens during the tournament which is also the highest by any bowler in the World Cup. While there are some good moments, there is also one where Bumrah wasn’t the hero, he bowled a No-Ball in the 2017 Champions Trophy final taking a wicket which was later overturned and the batsman later went on to score a match-winning ton. With age on his side, Jasprit Bumrah only seems to head for the clouds as his deadly Yorkers and calm bowling style make him one of Virat Kohli’s favourites.

While Bumrah was making his moves, Kagiso Rabada, on the other hand, wasn’t falling short of anything. An Injury to Dale Steyn paved way for Rabada to play in the tour of India in 2015, He immediately became the central attraction as he kept MS Dhoni, also called as the last over specialist at bay by bowling 5 dots in the final over of the Indore ODI. Rabada then made his International Test Debut against India in November 2015. During the fourth test of England’s 2015-16 Tour of South Africa series, he delivered a staggering 13/144 making him the youngest South African to take a 10 wicket haul in test cricket. Rabada took 4/39 in the third ODI of South African tour in England in 2017 and following this performance, he became the top-ranked ODI bowler in the world. During the first test of India’s tour of South Africa in 2018 at Newlands, Rabada took 3/34 and 2/41 in the match, following this matches’ performance, Rabada became the top-ranked Test Bowler as per ICC displacing England’s James Anderson. In July 2018 during the first test against Sri Lanka, Rabada surpassed Harbajan Singh to become the youngest ever bowler to take 150 test wickets. The beloved KG as he is affectionately called has just exploded onto the scene and has his prime still ahead of him.

The Years Ahead:

As these two players, Jasprit Bumrah and Kagiso Rabada become household names and make their way through the world, leaving records in the dust, only one thing remains, a debate over who is the best, both of them proving their mantle at an age that can still not be called their prime. The world of cricket, the fans, the commentators, the critics, they all love watching these two go about their businesses, causing havoc to the batsmen, continuing the glorious art form that bowling is, and at the end, where it all matters, winning trophies for their respective teams, be it international or domestic, trophies and records are a way of life for these two.

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