Jasprit Bumrah could not have asked for a better start to his international cricket career. The 22-year-old pacer from Gujarat has impressed everyone with his accurate yorkers and skipper MS Dhoni called him the find of the T20 series against Australia.
Bumrah, who has already picked up 12 wickets from the one ODI and six T20Is against Australia and Sri Lanka, is a decent bowler in the death overs and his inclusion in the squad has added some fire to Indian pace attack.
In an interview to IBN7, Bumrah tells that yorker is his strength and how MS Dhoni’s guidance was important for him as a youngster in the team.
Here are the excerpts from the interview:
Are you surprised by the way you have performed in your first international series?
Bumrah: You cannot say that I am surprised. I have eventually worked hard for the success which I have got now. So I am really happy that my hard work has paid off. I will continue to work hard and hopefully more success will come in the near future.
Dhoni has praised your performance profusely during the Australian series. It is a rarity that the Indian captain praises a youngster like this. What kind of interaction you have had with Dhoni in particular?
Bumrah: Dhoni bhaiya has been really helpful to me. His guidance was important for me as a youngster because it was my first tour. So you know coming up the ranks, if the captain is backing you, you get a chance to express yourself in such a big field. So his backing was very important and he told me one thing…to treat it as a normal domestic game, then the pressure would be less on me to perform. That advice helped me quite a lot. I think his role was very important in the success which I got in Australia.
You have been bowling yorkers at will… something that all the Indian bowlers have struggled a lot in recent times. What is the secret about these yorker-length balls?
Bumrah: This is the ball which I usually practice quite often even when I play for Gujarat. I bowl the yorkers because it is one my strengths. So I try to practice it… obviously nobody can master anything but I am trying to practice the skill which I can execute in the match. This is one ball which I used to bowl and I try to bowl because it is one of my strengths. It is a ball that is becoming helpful to me in international cricket as well.
Is John Wright one person you will credit for your turnaround in international cricket?
Bumrah: Hundred per cent! I think I am here because of him, because if he hadn’t picked me in Mumbai Indians 2-3 years ago, I may not have played IPL so early, and [now] I have got to the Indian team so early. So I give him full credit for picking me up and teaching me so many things which are required in cricket.
You are bowling along with Ashish Nehra, a cricketer who is 37. When you were a 5-year-old, Nehra was playing international cricket. What kind of lessons you learned from him?
Bumrah: He was very helpful and we talked about it in the dressing room as well. When I was 5 years old, he made his international debut. It is a big thing for me as a youngster to bowl with a person who has played international cricket for so long. He has so much of experience. So that experience always helps me. I try to ask him questions - what should I do in a match, the kind of fields required for a particular batsman. So I think it is best as a youngster to learn from such a bowler who has played international cricket for such a long period of time.