Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah has come in leaps and bounds ever since he made his presence known in international cricket. The Mumbai Indians pacer who is fresh off winning an IPL with his side has grown massively under the tutelage of Lasith Malinga who has acted as a true mentor to Bumrah. Such has been his progress that the 25-year-old has gained a reputation for being one of the best death bowlers in the world at the moment.
With the ICC ODI World Cup all but here, Bumrah would be a big weapon in India's bid to become World Champions again. With his slinging action off a short run-up, Bumrah makes things very difficult for the batsman, and an IIT professor has decoded the science behind this particular move.
Jasprit Bumrah's success is down to 'reverse Magnus force', according to IIT-Kanpur professor Sanjay Mittal. He recently revealed in an interview, that Bumrah's speed, seam position and rotational speed of 1,000 RPM gives 0.1 spin ratio for the ball, which puts it into reverse Magnus effect regime. Earlier, a Reddit user shared an accurate diagram of professor Mittal's explanation.
"A downward force on a ball by Bumrah causes it to dip sharply, which batsmen find difficult to pick," Mittal was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.
The professor also believed that Bumrah could be key to India's title challenge for the World Cup that will be hosted jointly by England and Wales. The Ahmedabad-born lad has so far taken 82 wickets in 77 IPL matches, 85 wickets in 49 ODIs, 49 wickets in 10 Tests and 51 in 42 T20Is.
India will open their World Cup campaign against South Africa on 5th of June, before playing all other participant teams as this year, the World Cup is being played in a round robin format, as opposed to that group stage format that usually happened.