Jasprit Bumrah unfussed about home series, saying “have played a lot of cricket in India”

Team India pacer Jasprit Bumrah downplayed all the talk about him playing a Test series at home when the hosts take on Sri Lanka. The 28-year-old said playing Test cricket is special to him, irrespective of home or away matches.

Bumrah has played only two of his 27 Tests in India so far. He has a stellar Test record in England, Australia and South Africa.

Asked how he is preparing for the home series against Sri Lanka, the speedster said where he plays does not make a lot of difference to him. He explained:

“Whenever I have got an opportunity, I have looked to do well. I have played a lot of Ranji Trophy cricket, these conditions are not alien to me. I have played a lot of cricket in India, which is why I have made it to the Test squad. ”

Bumrah added that playing Tests is all about adapting to situations and conditions, stating:

“It is always a special feeling to play Test cricket, be it anywhere. I do not look at a match and say I have to play abroad or I have to play at home. I tried to adapt, analyze the wicket and try to use it to my advantage. ”

The Test series, which begins on March 4 in Mohali, comes immediately on the back of the T20I series, which ended on February 27. On what kind of adjustments he is looking to make, Bumrah said:

“There are tactical adjustments. In Test matches, you have to bowl longer spells and use fewer variations than maybe what you use in the T20s. The T20 format is a fast-paced game. Here, it’s all about endurance and patience. Looking forward to makingng the tactical adjustments. As a professional cricketer, you have to be able to adjust to all these things. ”

The pacer played two of three matches during the T20I series, claiming one wicket while being extremely economical.

“I’ll try to help Rohit in whatever way I can” – Vice-Captain Jasprit Bumrah

Apart from being the leader of the pace attack, Bumrah has also been named the vice-captain, with Rohit Sharma being elevated to the role of captain.

On how his role will change with the added responsibility, the star pacer said:

“I do not look at it as a particular position – that a spinner or a bowler or a batter is the leader. As a senior member of the team, you have to help the players in whatever capacity you can. Obviously, it’s a great opportunity that has presented itself and I am very happy to do that. It depends on how you handle the situation and how tactically strong you are. I’ll try to help Rohit in whatever way I can and give my best in whatever capacity I can. ”

The first Test between India and Sri Lanka in Mohali, which will be played behind closed doors, will be Virat Kohli’s 100th Test. It will start on March 4.

Leave a Comment