Bumrah still positive

‘You don't deserve to play’

Pranta Deb Emon
Published Date: 11 Jan 2018 | Update : 11 Jan 2018

Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah debuted against Australia in the shorter formats of cricket in 2016. It took him two years to get included in the Indian Test team, that too against the Proteas in an away series.

Regarding his team's bowling in the first Test of the ongoing series Jasprit said, "In the first innings we thought we bowled a little fuller than the normal because in India the wickets are different where we have to pitch fuller to get the swing and to get the batsmen on the front foot,"

"Over here there is bounce, there is a little bit of difference. We analysed that and tried to adapt in the second innings, and as a unit we were able to create pressure, so that was the basic plan going into the second innings. That worked well. So hopefully, we will see videos of these wickets, what happens over here and we plan according to it." he added.

In a low-scoring match in the first Test of India's tour of South Africa, the men in blue were defeated by 72 runs. Jasprit Bumrah took 4 wickets in the match by bagging 3 of those in the 2nd innings.

The 24-year-old said, "We realized what mistakes we made in the first innings, so we were trying to create pressure from both ends and focus on our lengths, which were wrong in the first innings.

"We just tried to correct them and not overdo things because over here, when there is help from the wicket, you try to do extra but that won't help. So we were just trying to be disciplined and stick to basics."

The fast-bowler has been absolutely brilliant in the other two formats. He has taken a total of 106 wickets in 63 limited-over games. Bumrah's fifer against Sri Lanka in August in 2017 was India's first 5-wicket haul in ODIs since 2014.

"Confidence doesn't dent after one match. If it happens, then you don't deserve to play. Learn from the mistake you made, and go forward. There is not a single cricketer who has not made a mistake. You keep learning and you keep improving all the time. We are trying to rectify our mistakes and move forward" the bowler concluded.

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