In spite of Jasprit Bumrah’s absence for a year, recovering from a back injury and surgery, his outstanding performances in the Asia Cup 2023 and the World Cup 2023 underscore not only his reputation as arguably the best white-ball bowler globally but also his enhanced skills.

As of now, Bumrah may not be listed among the top 5 wicket-takers in the World Cup 2023, but there’s a strong argument to be made that he is India’s most pivotal bowler and quite possibly the standout bowler in the entire tournament.

The fact that he has taken 15 wickets in 8 matches is just one facet of his impressive showing in a tournament where India has secured their position at the top of the points table, remaining unbeaten in 8 consecutive games—making them the only team yet to face defeat.

One particularly astonishing stat highlights Bumrah’s exceptional economy. Maintaining a rate of 2.73 in powerplay and 3.65 overall is truly remarkable. To provide context, among bowlers who have bowled at least 20 overs in the World Cup, Bumrah boasts the best overall economy at 3.65, with Ravindra Jadeja being the only other bowler below 4 (3.76 runs per over) with the same minimum overs cutoff.

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Jasprit Bumrah stands out as one of the few fast bowlers globally who excels in all three phases of an ODI game: powerplay, middle-overs, and death overs. Impressively, he has bowled the most dot balls in the World Cup 2023, with 383 legal balls sent down, out of which 268 have resulted in dot balls.

In a World Cup marked by high-scoring encounters, Bumrah’s economy of 3.65 is exceptional. Particularly noteworthy are his powerplay figures, where he appears nearly unhittable with an economy of 2.73. His ability to control the run rate has allowed fellow bowlers like Siraj and Mohammed Shami to adopt a more aggressive approach in pursuit of wickets.

Much like Rohit Sharma’s explosive starts provide breathing room for Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer, Bumrah’s excellence and near-unplayable deliveries have paved the way for others to maintain momentum in the bowling department, solidifying India’s bowling attack as one of the most formidable and potent of all time.

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While Bumrah may not finish as the leading wicket-taker, and India might face a potential knockout loss, his status as an all-time great bowler has been firmly established in this World Cup.