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WATCH | Bumrah Plans his Wickets & Controls the Game: Kumble

Cricketnext Staff | January 8, 2019, 12:45 PM IST

GK: Share some insight into Bumrah now that you are talking about him Anil. I know he has made his Test debut after you moved on as India coach. But when he was playing around you and you were watching and observing him emerge on the scene was he always the project for the coaching staff to make him graduate to the Test level. Because on the outside we thought, oh gosh it is a left field selection. But at the coaching staff level or at your level, was Bumrah always meant for Test cricket?

AK: Yes, of course I think he was always on the radar for being picked for Test cricket. He performed really well in domestic cricket. I mean the way he has bowled for Gujarat. He has picked up fifers. Whenever a bowler consistently picks up fifers even in a domestic game, then you know he has the mental capability of picking up a five-wicket haul. Because it is how batsman can score hundreds. You know how to get to a hundred, it is not just about your talent. It is not just about the skill. It is not about the various variations that you have. As a bowler, or if you are looking at a batsman it is not just about the strokes you have. It is also about how you construct and get to a hundred. Which really is an art and that is something that you need to learn and if you possess that, then you can replicate that at the international level.

And similarly, to a bowler as well. I mean Bumrah has showcased that at the domestic level and for him you can see he is planning his wickets and he is controlling the game and he knows when to bowl the ball. I think it is all about setting a batsman up and trying to get a wicket relentlessly coming in hard at the batsman and keeping the batsman really honest. And we saw that with his capabilities of executing what he is thinking as well, I mean that can only come if you have the confidence and if you also have the ability to shut out all the other thoughts when you are running in. Because at the end of the day, clarity of thought is extremely critical whether you are a batsman or a bowler or a captain. So that clarity of thought process is there in Bumrah and you can see that it is very evident.

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