Kohli on Bumrah’s career-best figures: The Indian captain revealed that his fast bowler’s mindset is the reason behind his success.
Having registered his career-best bowling figures in the first innings, Bumrah bagged another three wickets to not just contribute in the second innings but also put on board his best match figures of 9-86.
In the nine Test matches which the 25-year old fast bowler has played so far, he has picked up 48 wickets at an average of 21.02, an economy rate of 2.65 and a strike rate of 47.4. Three five-wicket hauls (one each in South Africa, England and Australia) in such a short span further speak highly about him.
Apart from impressing the whole country, Bumrah also didn’t fail to impress his captain in Virat Kohli. Speaking during the post-match presentation, Kohli credited Bumrah for his ‘Man of the Match’ performance.
“Credit has to go to the bowlers. I think they have been outstanding, especially Jasprit. The way he bowled in this Test match was outstanding,” Kohli was quoted as saying.
Hailing Bumrah’s mindset, Kohli pointed it out as the reason behind his success in such short period of time. “The mindset he has at the moment is what separates him from anyone else in the world right now.
“He looks at a pitch and he doesn’t think it’s a hard toil, he thinks wickets, he thinks how can I get a breakthrough for the team. He’s as strong-headed as I’ve seen anyone in the past and that’s the key to his success that I’ve seen in the last 12 months, the way he has matured as a Test cricketer,” Kohli said.
The 30-year old cricketer’s remark of not wanting to face Bumrah speaks enough about the potential which he possesses. “In Test cricket, especially on a pitch like Perth, I wouldn’t want to face him to be honest because once he is on a roll, he can really crank it up,” Kohli added.
One of the reasons why Kohli was wax lyrical about his bowlers was them standing tall after the Perth Test. “I think that takes more mentally out of you than starting a series well, so I think that’s why this victory is more special for the bowlers. They’ve been so tired and bowled so many overs. Even in this game they had to put in more effort because of the nature of the pitch. So outstanding, hats off to them,” Kohli concluded.
Read some of the latest Twitter reactions on India’s 137-run victory below:
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 30, 2018
What a win!! Proud to be part of this unit . Onto Sydney now. Jai hind 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/DsW8WXRMGj
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 30, 2018
Memorable win for #TeamIndia at the MCG. Great team effort and now we have an opportunity to create history at Sydney. Congratulations to each and every member of the team and to our domestic cricket where our cricketers enhance their skills. pic.twitter.com/osU6HHCSQl
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) December 30, 2018
Incredible effort by #TeamIndia to take a 2-1 lead, especially @Jaspritbumrah93 who has played an instrumental role in this win. He has gone from strength to strength in all formats of the game. Definitely one of the best in the world today. #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/vweoHd0nEE
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 30, 2018
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) December 30, 2018
The pace triplet at The G. This was such a historic Test. Proud feeling to be a part of this group. Record breaking 130+ wickets in 2018 #TeamIndia @circleofcricket @ESPNcricinfo pic.twitter.com/wYreTY3XtT
— Mohammad Shami (@MdShami11) December 30, 2018
Not an easy place to come and win and every test win here needs to be cherished like there is no tomorrow. Special mention to @imVkohli @cheteshwar1 and our very own Malcom M @Jaspritbumrah93 👏 pic.twitter.com/jIB8oJ0eMG
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) December 30, 2018
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) December 30, 2018
The Man of the Moment and the best in the business – BOOM 💥 @Jaspritbumrah93 🌟
Amazing performance by this guy here and the entire team 🇮🇳💙 pic.twitter.com/8LMYGgTL43
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) December 30, 2018
And that’s a wrap on Melbourne! What a rollercoaster of a game it has been. Games like these bring out the true beauty of test cricket. Thank you all for your wishes. Ending 2018 with this lovely memory. On to the final one now! #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/durwAO5HmC
— cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) December 30, 2018
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 30, 2018
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 30, 2018
Firsts are always special. In Australia, against Australia. On Boxing Day. The debut couldn’t have been any sweeter. Thank you for the overwhelming welcome and support. 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/3nHuxVlvdc
— Mayank Agarwal (@mayankcricket) December 30, 2018
— Jasprit bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) December 30, 2018
#teamindia is in such great shape. What a deserving win Congratulations, all! Special mention @Jaspritbumrah93 what a solid performance. Couldn’t have gotten better! INDvsAUS pic.twitter.com/YgHl3wuk7O
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) December 30, 2018
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) December 30, 2018