When the batsmen start hammering either while setting a score or mounting a frenetic chase, Jasprit Bumrah steps in. A few winnowing steps, a sudden little sprint and then the thunderbolts are fired much to the dismay of the traumatised willow-wielder.
India’s spearhead was at it again in the key World Cup clash against Bangladesh at Edgbaston here on Tuesday. His yorkers were precise, threatening toes and the base of the stumps and Bumrah’s four for 55 shut Mashrafe Mortaza’s men out of the game and India relished a win.
Ever-smiling and always watchful with his words, Bumrah spoke to correspondents.
As for the yorker, everything is about preparation, you just have to bowl more and more at the nets and try and replicate it in the match. If I tick all the boxes at practice then I think I can execute my plans.
Pitching it right
We thought the wicket would get slower as the innings progressed, we thought they would come hard at the new ball and our plan was to make the ball old as fast as we can. As soon as the ball got older, it got slower. And this could be the nature of the pitches going forward. Summer has come in and the wickets will get drier.
Bowling at the death
It is about keeping a clear head. When I am bowling I like to make my own decisions. I tell my captain that I am planning to do this and that I believe that I can do it. The IPL is of 20 overs but high pressure games there also helps your preparation. I just focus on the team goals and try to deliver.
This is my first World Cup and I want to play more games (laughs). I am not such an experienced player that I can afford to take breaks.
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