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"Having a Clear Plan And Space of Mind Helped", Says Bumrah

PTI | Updated: August 22, 2018, 10:09 AM IST

India pacer Jasprit Bumrah has attributed his quick return from injury and the subsequent second five-wicket haul in Test cricket to the hard work he does away from the camera.

The young pacer, who made his red-ball debut against Sout Africa in January earlier this year, took 5 for 85 as England were reduced to 311 for nine in pursuit of the mammoth 521-run target with formalities delayed until Day 5 of the third Test against India at Trent Bridge.

"When I made my first-class debut, my first spell was of 10 overs. So I was always used to bowling lot of overs in Ranji Trophy, which always helps. That helped me today as well," the 24-year old said after the end of the fourth day's play.

"When I was injured I was working on my fitness and my training schedules. I was always in touch with our trainers so that whenever I come (back) I should be in good space. All of that helped today."

This was the seamer's second five-wicket haul in Test cricket, an effort that paved the way for India's comeback in the series after trailing 0-2.

"You don't get anything easy. You have to work for it. We work hard. That hard work makes you successful on days like these. The hard work we do away from the camera is what bears results on days like these," he said.

England were reduced to 62 for four at one stage before a 169-run partnership for the fifth wicket between Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes kept the hosts' chances alive for nearly two sessions.

"In white-ball cricket things are different. Over there you outsmart the batsman, and over here in Test cricket it's all about patience and consistency. That was my main focus today. You can't blast the batsmen out," said Bumrah.

"I was looking to bowl good lengths and always challenge the batsmen with good lengths and good line. So in the end it was a good day."

Bumrah said he enjoyed his contest with both Joe Root and Buttler, adding that consistency is the key to bowling in these conditions.

"We've played together for Mumbai Indians in the IPL, so I've bowled a little bit to him (Buttler) in the nets, but not a lot. It's always an interesting competition because he's an attacking player. He's an important player for their team as well. If he gets a good start, he keeps on going and it could create problems.

"I was just focusing on my strengths, what has worked for me before. I've got him out 2-3 times in the IPL as well and in the nets as well. I was just focusing on that, what has helped me when I was bowling to him. I have a clear plan, a clear head and a clear space of mind."

Buttler went on to score his maiden Test hundred while Stokes scored his slowest half-century as the second session on Day 3 went wicketless. Then, Bumrah ushered in a collapse with the second new ball, and completed his five-wicket haul before Adil Rashid and James Anderson took the game into the final day.

"We were happy that even when the ball got older we were still bowling good lines and good lengths. The movement was less as soon as the sun came out. It got better to bat on. We always had the belief that if we keep on applying pressure, sometime or the other we will get the result.

"The second new ball, because of the new seam, it was seaming a bit more than the older ball. That was helping as well. I was focussing on that. We were just trying to get one wicket, not to look too far ahead."

"It doesn't matter (if we win on day four or five). As far as you get the desired result, you are very happy," said Bumrah.

Proudest moment in an England shirt: Buttler

England middle-order batsman Buttler said that they didn't want to make things easy for India and by taking the third Test into the final day, they have done just that.

"It was very important for us to turn up today and show a lot of character and fight and not give it to India easily make them work hard. We did that really well throughout the day - even the two guys there at the end, making sure we do come back tomorrow," said Buttler.

"It showed that, no matter what it is, we're not going to roll over.

England were reduced to 62 for four at one stage but not only did Buttler and Stokes hold the crease until lunch, they batted out the next session without losing any wickets.

Buttler, on the way, scored his maiden Test century and admitted that he was a little bit lost for words considering this was his first red-ball century in over five years.

"It has been a long time coming, and a few months ago it was a million miles away. It's a huge moment for me. I don't think I can under-estimate that feeling. Personally I'm delighted, a little bit lost for words," he said.

"I was never sure if I'd ever play Test cricket again. All those thoughts go through your head while you're out there as well when you start to get close. I never thought this would happen, so I had to try and make sure it did. Definitely, there were times when I thought that race was run."

"A hundred in any red-ball game I think it's the first one I've scored for five years probably. It's a big moment for me, and it means a lot. It proves to me I can do it, and I'm hungry to go and do it again. I've definitely remembered how hard Test cricket is, having come back into it. It's really tough - it tests you in all sorts of ways. This is definitely the proudest moment in an England shirt."

First Published: August 22, 2018, 9:39 AM IST
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