Jasprit Bumrah on his 5 wicket haul after having recovered from injury and having dished out a match winning performance for India.
Jasprit Bumrah has been a revelation for India in the Test format, having already claimed 2 5-wicket hauls in first 4 tests.
Bumrah shot to fame with his yorkers and weird action in the IPL, wherein he bowled brilliantly well for the Mumbai Indians, especially at the death.
Ever since coming into the Indian limited overs side, Bumrah has taken his game up a notch and has been able to dish out superlative performances for the national team.
His determination, skill and drive helped him land a Test spot and he hasn’t disappointed ever since.
Bumrah was injured for a large part of this UK tour, but went back home, worked on his fitness and has come back stronger.
The Indian pacer bowled long spells on Day 4, especially during the Buttler, Stokes partnership
“When I made my First-Class debut, my first spell was of 10 overs. So I was always used to bowling lot of overs in Ranji Trophy, which always helps. That helped me today as well,” Bumrah said.
“When I was injured I was working on my fitness and my training schedules. I was always in touch with our trainers so that whenever I come (back) I should be in good space. All of that helps today,” he added.
Bumrah highlighted the hard work that goes into producing such spells on the field.
“You don’t get anything easy. You have to work for it. We work hard. That hard work makes you successful on days like these. The hard work we do away from the camera is what bears results on days like these,” he said.
The Mumbai Indians bowler spoke about bowling to Jos Buttler and how he had bowled a little to him during his time at Mumbai Indians.
“We’ve played together for Mumbai Indians in the IPL, so I’ve bowled a little bit to him (Buttler) in the nets, but not a lot. It’s always an interesting competition because he’s an attacking player. He’s an important player for their team as well. If he gets a good start, he keeps on going and it could create problems.
“I was just focusing on my strengths, what has worked for me before. I’ve got him out 2-3 times in the IPL as well and in the nets as well. I was just focusing on that, what has helped me when I was bowling to him. I have a clear plan, a clear head and a clear space of mind.” the Indian pacer added.
Bumrah managed to break the Buttler-Stokes partnership after an entire session, as Buttler left one that was darting back in. The new ball helped India get that zip off the pitch, something that left the batsmen wanting for answers.
“We were happy that even when the ball got older we were still bowling good lines and good lengths. The movement was less as soon as the sun came out. It got better to bat on. We always had the belief that if we keep on applying pressure, sometime or the other we will get the result.
“The second new ball, because of the new seam, it was seaming a bit more than the older ball. That was helping as well. I was focussing on that. We were just trying to get one wicket, not to look too far ahead.”
“It doesn’t matter (if we win on day four or five). As far as you get the desired result, you are very happy,” a happy Bumrah said.
Bumrah was also happy with the amount of work he had done with bowling coach Bharat Arun before coming out and producing this spell today.
“I was injured but I was able to bowl in the nets. Even when I was back home, I was trying to train in the gym, whatever I could do, maybe run on the treadmill. But I was always focusing and keeping an eye on what works over here that suits my bowling.
“I was just focusing on that, keeping an eye on what both teams were doing in the first two games — what’s helping them, and what is successful here. I was just trying to keep an eye and replicate that in the nets sessions.
“Try to get into the groove pretty quickly – that was my basic aim,” he concluded.