Jasprit Bumrah fully fit but advised rest

The fast bowler revealed the reason for his omission from the 15-man squad for the limited-overs series in the Caribbean.

Jasprit Bumrah is not disappointed due to his exclusion from the Indian squad.   -  AP

Indian speedster Jasprit Bumrah has been advised to miss the limited-overs tour of West Indies as part of his workload management and not fitness issues. Bumrah and senior batsman Rohit Sharma have been rested for the five-match One-Day International (ODI) series and a Twenty20 International in the Caribbean.

“I am totally fine, they (selectors and team management) have told me to take rest. I am fully fit and there are no niggles,” Bumrah said.

Asked if he is disappointed to miss out given that he has been in good form, he replied: “I am not disappointed. I have been doing things that I have been told to do.”

He has been bowling terrific spells during the death overs in the ongoing Champions Trophy, something he attributed to the reverse swing on offer. “Well, it was a good day. The ball in the end was reverse swinging so that also helped. It always feels good when rhythm is going well. So whenever you are able to contribute to the team’s success, it’s good,” Bumrah said.

Bumrah bowled as many as 41 dot balls and he believes this also helped other bowlers get wickets. “Dot balls help build pressure, so even if you are not getting wickets, somebody from the other end is getting wickets and the job is done.”

The paceman credited numerous simulations in the nets for his ability to bowl yorkers. “It is not an easy delivery to bowl. You have to work hard. I always try and emphasise on having specific net sessions on ‘death bowling’. It is similar to length balls - the more you practice, the better you get at it,” he explained.

Bumrah is not surprised that Pakistan has qualified to the final and believes there is no room for complacency against the arch-rival. “I am not at all surprised to see them (Pakistan) in the final. You never know anything can happen on any day. On their day, they can beat any side in the world. You can’t be complacent that now we are in finals. There are no easy games and you have to give them respect,” he said.