'I turn off the TV when…': Jasprit Bumrah's take on New York's friendly bowling greens

'I turn off the TV when…': Jasprit Bumrah's take on New York's friendly bowling greens

Jasprit Bumrah in action©AFP

Following his team’s six-run victory over Pakistan in their ICC T20 World Cup clash, Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah spoke about his admiration for the bowling he has had since childhood and how run festivals don’t really excite him . Jasprit Bumrah’s miserable three-wicket haul that put pressure on Pakistan’s batsmen and a match-saving counter-attacking knock from Rishabh Pant propelled India to a narrow victory at a packed Nassau County Stadium that is keeping the dreams of the India World Cup with two more group stages. Games to go.

After the match, Bumrah in the post-match press conference expressed his happiness at the appreciation the players got for their victory, pointing out that India is a “batsman-loving country” and that the recent edition of the Indian Premier League ( IPL) was also a batsman-friendly run festival.

“We are very happy that we didn’t come here with that baggage (that the IPL is batsmen-friendly) and when we got help here, we were trying to use it. I have played a lot of cricket in my youth.” the bat and ball challenge is good, it’s more interesting to watch the game when it’s bat on bat, I turn off the TV. I have been a fan of bowling since I was little. When there is a challenge between bat and ball, that. It’s the game I like. I don’t have any complaints. “I’m very happy,” he added.

Speaking about the win, Bumrah said it was important not to get too desperate to bowl a ‘magic ball’ but it was vital to control the run flow and also seek wickets in a balanced manner. India were looking to be precise in conditions where seam and swing had been reduced and wanted to use big boundaries to their advantage, Bumrah added.

“Even when there is help, you can be desperate, and you can try to go further and try to get that magical delivery. I tried not to do that, but by the time we got there, the swing and the seam had slowed down. So we had to do it.” Be precise because if we go for magical deliveries and try to be too desperate, running becomes easy and they know the goal. So, we had to be very conscious of not exaggerating and yes, adding pressure, using the big limits. , we try to use things to our advantage. That’s what we were doing, so we created pressure and everyone got wickets,” Bumrah said.

Bumrah, who spoke of battling injuries last year and coming back and putting in incredible performances in the 50-over World Cup, the Indian Premier League (IPL) and now this tournament, said he never focused in the outside noise about their injuries. and the future, but he tried to limit himself to controlling the controllable and making life difficult for the hitters.

“I try to stay in the present and focus on what I have to do. Because if I look at the outside noise, if I look at people and the pressure and emotions take over, then things don’t really work for me. So “I was trying to do that, trying to create my own bubble, trying to focus on that and trying to do my best,” he added.

The Indian spearhead appreciated the support of a mostly Indian and Asian crowd at the Nassau County Stadium, which made the players feel at home.

“A lot of emotion comes out and we don’t feel like we weren’t playing in India because the support we get, wherever we go, we get a lot of support and the fans come in large numbers. That helps with the energy is part of the setup we have. So yeah, we’re very happy with the support and we were happy to be able to give them a win as well,” he added.

Bumrah said the team was disappointed with the total they made and wanted to do more runs, but they were well aware of the fact that the chase would be difficult on this tough surface. He noted that his third over, when he got the crucial wicket of Mohammed Rizwan, was the turning point of the game.

Coming into the match, Pakistan won the toss and put India to bat first. However, the Indian batsmen failed to get things going on this tough surface as star openers Virat Kohli (4) and Rohit Sharma (13) failed to score big. Rishabh Pant (42 off 31 balls, with six fours) seemed to be playing on a different pitch and had useful partnerships with Axar Patel (20 off 18 balls, with two fours and a six) and Suryakumar Yadav (seven in eight balls, with a four ). However, the lower middle order collapsed under the pressure of scoring runs on such a difficult pitch and India could make only 119 in 19 overs.

Haris Rauf (3/21) and Naseem Shah (3/21) were Pakistan’s best players. Mohammed Amir got two scalps while Shaheen Shah Afridi got one.

In the run chase, Pakistan adopted a more measured approach and Mohammed Rizwan (31 off 44 balls, with fours and sixes) held one end steady. However, Bumrah (3/14) and Hardik Pandya (2/24) also got crucial wickets from captain Babar Azam (13), Fakhar Zaman (13), Shadab Khan (4), Iftikhar Ahmed (5), which kept The pressure on Pakistan is intact. With 18 runs needed in the final over, Naseem Shah (10*) tried to win it for Pakistan, however, Arshdeep Singh (1/31) ensured that Pakistan fell short by six runs.

Bumrah secured the title of ‘Man of the Match’ for his match-winning spell.

After winning this thriller, India tops Group A with two wins from two matches and four points. Pakistan is in fourth place, having lost both of its matches to the United States and India. Their chances in the knockout phase seem slim.

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