I always had the outswinger: Bumrah
Mumbai: He may have become as important to India’s bowling as Virat Kohli is to their batting, but it’s clear that Jasprit Bumrah doesn’t have the flamboyance of his captain as yet. In these times, where cricketers wear their confidence, and at times arrogance on their sleeves, his shy persona, humble nature and an ever-smiling face make him refreshingly different.
He may soon be seen in his first solo ad too, but it’s quite evident that the fastest Indian pace bowler ever to 50 Test wickets-it took him just 11 Tests, is more comfortable terrorizing batsmen in the middle, rather than soaking in the limelight. “I’m very happy. I started playing Test cricket a year back and playing all three formats was my dream. I always wanted to play Test cricket. It’s been a good journey. I’m learning from the experience that I’ve gained by playing in South Africa, England, Australia and the West Indies. India will be a different
challenge, which I’m looking forward to,” he said while attending a promotional event here.
You are tempted to ask him about the lethal outswinger that helped him toy with the West Indian batsmen on India’s recent tour of the Caribbean, where he took13 wickets, including two five-wicket hauls at just 9.23.“I haven’t mastered it. I always had the outswinger. I’ve not used it a lot, but bowling in England, where the Dukes ball swings for a long period of time, and playing more and more Tests, gave me a lot of confidence,” he says.
His teammates in India and Gujarat tell you that Bumrah keeps practising the yorker in the nets till he gets it right. “It’s not just that delivery. (To execute) any other delivery, I do a lot of hard work. There’s a lot of work that goes behind the scenes. I’ve to practise extra to execute each and every delivery,” he stresses.
Perhaps, like most top players, Bumrah’s success lies in the homework that he does before every series, and that doesn’t involve merely slogging it out in the nets. “I prepare a lot before any match or tournament. I do a lot of homework. I try to assess the conditions. I try to ask questions to the seniors about what they think about what I’m planning. I try to listen to these things, filter it out, so that (I can judge that) these are the things that I can do, and these are the things that I can’t do,” he explains.
It helps Bumrah that he seems to enjoy a great equation with India skipper Virat Kohli. “You must have seen on TV how Virat leads from the front with his performances. He backs all his teammates … gives his bowlers a lot of confidence. He gives you complete freedom to bowl the way you want to bowl, to express yourself. It feels good when your captain has that kind of belief in you,” the 25-year-old gushed.
Jasprit Bumrah celebrates taking a wicket against WI