Five-for Bumrah credits net sessions for success

The India pacer says one needs to constantly develop ideas at the practice sessions to attain accuracy and insight into the game.

After an incredible bowling performance (5/27) against Sri Lanka in the third ODI at Pallekele, Jasprit Bumrah said one needs to constantly develop new tactics to stay afloat in the game.   -  AP

After an incredible bowling performance (5/27) against Sri Lanka in the third ODI at Pallekele on Sunday, India pacer Jasprit Bumrah said one needs to evolve new tactics to stay afloat in the game, and the ideas need to be developed during net sessions prior to the game.

“Once a person watches one’s videos and starts to plan for the game, they know what to expect from one’s bowling. So one have to keep evolving according to the situation, I think one need to adapt because if you are just a one-trick pony, you wouldn’t be successful in the long run,” Bumrah told reporters after India’s six-wicket win against the Islanders.

The 23-year-old also wants to learn from experienced bowlers and perform at his best in different conditions. “As a bowler, one constantly needs to learn new things. That is my aim all the time. This is my first visit to Sri Lanka, I never played here so it’s always a challenge,” added Bumrah, who believes his variations on the slow wicket helped him plot the Lankan downfall. “When we started, the ball was seaming a bit. We were trying to use that to our advantage.”

The bowler also praised new head coach, Ravi Shastri, for keeping the pressure off him. “He asked me to treat the series like a normal Ranji Trophy game, because taking extra pressure won’t help when playing for India,” he said.

Opener Rohit Sharma set the chase rolling after Bumrah’s heroics with the ball. The right-handed batsman remained unbeaten on 124 as India reached their target (218) in 45.1 overs.

The fourth ODI will be held at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Friday.