Speaking to Ishant Sharma on the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) website after the success at Trent Bridge, Bumrah gave insights into the Indian bowling unit’s planning for the Test
Virat Kohli and his men have once again proved that they can bounce back from any situation. From 0-2, India rallied brilliantly to outplay England by 203 runs in the third Test in Nottingham on Wednesday.
The chief architects of the win were captain Kohli, Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah. Kohli tallied 200 runs in the match (97 and 103) while Pandya and Bumrah claimed five-wicket hauls.
While Pandya silenced his critics with five victims in the first innings, the second essay saw Bumrah doing the same after missing the opening two Tests due to injury.
Speaking to Ishant Sharma on the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) website after the success at Trent Bridge, Bumrah gave insights into the Indian bowling unit’s planning for the Test.
“It feels really good (to be back after injury). We as a unit have bowled really well. There was pressure from both ends at all times. Sometimes you get a wicket and at other times the other bowler gets a wicket. But the idea is to ensure that we keep bowling well as a unit,” Bumrah told BCCI.tv.
“When you are returning from an injury lay-off, you can sometimes try too hard. But I tried to ensure that I enjoy the return and get back into rhythm,” the right-arm paceman added with a smile.
Bumrah stated that returning after an injury lay-off was never easy and he had to work hard.
“It is pretty difficult to be a fast bowler. What happens behind the camera doesn’t generally show. We train, we workout in the gym and we also run and these things help on days when you have to bowl long spells. Even when I was injured, I was in touch with the trainers and kept discussing ways in which I can keep training. I did running sessions on the treadmill. And when I came to England, I started training here and also started bowling. The attempt was to get into match rhythm,” he explained.
“You know that despite bowling long spells in the nets, the rhythm you need in a match is completely different. It took me some time to get into rhythm in the first innings. Sometimes what happens is that we try a bit too hard, but I was consciously trying to enjoy the game,” he said.
Ishant, who took four wickets in the match, said that it was important to plan well and execute it in the middle.
“This bowling unit knows the plans well. Whether the plan gets executed or not is something different, but we know where to bowl. It is important to know the plan. If we don’t know the plan itself, then it gets very difficult,” Ishant said.
He also stated that they did not let the losses get to them.
“The first match was pretty close and in the second match conditions made it very difficult for us. But the idea was to not think too much about what happened and to focus on the present. We were confident that we can turn things around from any position. Also, as a bowling unit, if we can take 20 wickets in every game that is a good thing, irrespective of whether you (Bumrah) take the wickets or Hardik Pandya does or I take five wickets,” he added.
The fourth Test starts in Southampton on August 30.
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Last Updated 9, Sep 2018, 9:38 AM