India’s new ‘King of Death’ Jasprit Bumrah has said that he has been given full freedom to express himself by skipper Virat Kohli.
At a mixed zone interaction after India’s one-sided win against South Africa, man of the match Bumrah said, “It feels good that the captain has so much of confidence in you that he gives you freedom to do whatever you want. When this happens, a youngster like me can express himself and show what he is capable of.”
“You know, we don’t focus on these things. You can’t just be labelled as death bowler or a swing bowler (in case of Bhuvneshwar Kumar), whenever you are given the ball, you have to contribute. You bowl according to situations, whether at the death or at the beginning. The aim is to stick to a plan and execute it,” Burmrah further added.
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This is Bumrah’s first tour to England and he has done exceptionally well. “I take inputs from our senior bowlers who have played a lot in these conditions. Our coach (Anil Kumble), Mahi Bhai, Virat gives us tips on what are the conditions, discuss plans. It’s of great help,” Bumrah said.
Talking about the bowling conditions on England pitches Bumrah said, “I don’t know as this is my first visit to England. I have not played here earlier but whatever I heard the ball swings here quite a lot. But so far there has not been any swing available. Bowlers have to adapt all the time. We focus on other options to contain the batters.”
“The conditions were favouring the batsmen and wickets are also stable. You can’t bowl full and try to swing the ball. You have to contain the batsman and it worked in our favour. So even if I don’t get wickets, somebody else will get wickets. That was the basic plan, to bowl good, hard lengths,” he further said.
With inputs from PTI.