Reliance Foundation chairperson has revealed Jasprit Bumrah’s transformational journey in a video, providing the first-person account of hardships faced by the star seamer and his mother.
Jasprit Bumrah today is India’s fastest rising sports icon for brands. The man managed by IMG’s Reliance Talent unit has brands like fitness brand Cult Sport, fashion startup Estrolo, Seagram’s Royal Stag, boAT speakers, Dream 11, Japanese sportswear major Asics and payment company Zaggle under his belt. He is signing more by the day.
But the most feared new-ball bowler across the world today once had to manage with just one pair of shoes and one-off t-shirt to pursue his dream of being the cricketer that he is now.
“I had just one pair of shoes and a T-shirt,” recalls Bumrah in a short video film on his transformational journey.
The video and Bumrah’s story are shared by Reliance Foundation chairperson Nita Ambani. “Talent can come from anywhere and reach the pinnacle of success,” says Ms. Ambani in her introductory address to the video released on the Mumbai Indian’s official website.
The number 1 bowler in the ICC One Day International rankings since March this year, Bumrah had pursued his cricketing journey amidst hardships after losing his father when he was only five-year-old.
There was a time when he could not afford to buy a second pair of shoes or another white T-shirt for cricket. Things have changed for the best anybody could have thought of.
The boy who once could not afford to buy a pair of Nike shoes today graces the brand as a proud member of the Indian national cricket team. The boy who did not have money to match the price tag, today adds value to the brand.
Bumrah along with his mother has shared the emotional journey in this video:
The 25-year-old is currently out of action, nursing a stress fracture on his lower back in London.
There was a time when he would struggle to meet the basic requirements for playing, rather learning, cricket. The wheel of fortune swung a full circle when a promising Bumrah was spotted by the Mumbai Indians talent team.
“So, as a child, you know you hear stories that sometimes these things happen that some people come and watch you and you get picked up like this. But it actually happened,” Bumrah says in the video about the IPL opportunity.
His unconventional action, precise yorkers, and raw pace was the right amalgam to draw attention to the cricketing world and announce his arrival as the talent for the future. In a span of six years, he is India’s No. 1 option with the new ball, he is the world’s best bowler with the white ball.