Jasprit Bumrah: Happy that everybody has taken wickets in World Cup

The Indian bowlers have performed well as a unit and everyone has taken a lot of responsibility, says the speedster.

Jasprit Bumrah (centre) took three wickets in India’s seven-wicket win on Saturday.   -  AP

After strangling batsmen during India’s last league game involving Sri Lanka in the World Cup clash at Headingley here on Saturday, speedster Jasprit Bumrah, self-effacing as ever, downplayed his achievements while speaking in the ICC mixed media zone.

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TEAM BEFORE SELF

I don’t take praise or criticism seriously. My focus is on preparation, execution and what I can do for the team. As far as the bowling unit is concerned, we are happy that everybody has contributed and taken wickets be it Hardik [Pandya] or [Mohammed] Shami. I have also taken wickets.

REPORT | Seven-wicket win

BHUVNESHWAR’S OFF-DAY

Some days some bowlers can go for runs. We bowl a lot of difficult overs for the team. He was clear in his execution, just that some days batsmen play well. Overall, the pitches are getting slower but today (Saturday) it was not that bad.

FIVE-BOWLER STRATEGY

Everybody is taking a lot of responsibility and that’s a good sign for us. In most of the games, only five bowlers have bowled and it’s been going like this throughout the campaign.

VARIATIONS IN PLAY

It depends on the size of the boundary and what end you are bowling from. Sometimes you have a longer boundary on one side, sometimes you don’t. So you analyse that. On some pitches, slower balls work, on some they don’t and you bowl length balls.

HARDIK PANDYA’S VALUE

He has been bowling well. Even in the IPL he worked a lot on his bowling. He is still adding new things and is open to new ideas and changes. He contributes in the field and also with the bat. Overall as a package, it’s a positive sign.