Bumrah: ‘Siraj will be a better bowler after this experience’

Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah sympathised with Mohammed Siraj after the latter’s lacklustre outing in his debut Twenty20 International on Saturday.

Mohammed Siraj gave away 53 runs in his four overs on Saturday.   -  Vivek Bendre

Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah, who in the second Twenty20 here once again showed the knack of keeping batsmen quiet on Saturday, said rookie fast bowler Mohammed Siraj will learn the hazards of international cricket as he plays more games.

Punished by New Zealand openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro initially, the 23-year-old was taken apart for 53 runs in four overs. Siraj had a reasonably good IPL 2017, playing six matches for Sunrisers Hyderabad and taking 10 wickets at 21.20.

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Bumrah sympathised with Siraj. He said: “It’s okay, it was his first game. On a difficult wicket it’s always difficult. He’s coming into a new team, and so it takes time for a bowler to adjust. He’ll learn. As a bowler when you get hit, you learn a lot and so I think after this experience he’ll be a better bowler when he comes into the next match.”

‘Difficult wicket’

Bumrah said he and Bhuvneshwar Kumar just had a chat with bowling coach (Bharat Arun) on the plan of action for a batting-friendly wicket.

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“We don’t plan too much, we saw the wicket and we had a chat with our bowling coach. So we had a discussion that this is what we are looking to do, backing ourselves and we tried to execute that. This was a difficult wicket because when we were bowling with the new ball, it was coming onto the bat really well and they had a good start. We were trying our best and Colin Munro was also going berserk; he was a bit lucky as well. But he was also hitting the slower balls well.”

Listen to Bumrah's interaction with the media


When asked about the team missing out the training and net session on Friday, Bumrah was quite candid. He said: “We’ve been playing for a long period of time and so we were having our recovery and training. We were not just sitting in the hotel and sleeping, we were training there as well. If we had won the match, the sentence (question) would have been different but it’s okay, it’s fine.”

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