The last year or so has not been impressive for Jasprit Bumrah. The pacer struggled for consistency and looked a shadow of his own. Even in the World Test Championship(WTC) final against New Zealand, Bumrah had little to contribute as he failed to pick a single wicket. With a 5-match Test series against England lined up, Bumrah’s form was a major concern for Virat Kohli. However, the champion bowler found his mojo back and picked up nine wickets, including a five-wicket haul in the second inning to put India in the driver’s seat at the end of Day 4.
His accuracy was back, was swinging the ball both ways and was unplayable at times. So what did Bumrah change for this game? Nothing. The pacer revealed he did not make any adjustment in his bowling but there was a change in his mindset as he was not concerned about the results.
“Not a lot of adjustment, just the mindset adjustments, probably not looking at the end result and just being in the moment and trying to back our skills. Not a lot of changes that I have made, I am just trying to improve my game and add a few things,” said Bumrah during a virtual press conference held at the end of Day 4.
Bumrah’s spell meant England were bundled out for 303 in their second inning, giving India a target of 209 to win. The visitors have knocked off 52 runs, losing the wicket of KL Rahul in the process. The Virat Kohli-led side is now just 157 runs away from an emphatic win. Bumrah said the team is not looking too far ahead and would look to take the game forward session by session.
“When you start to play the game of cricket, you have to believe in yourself, that you want to win and play to win. We don’t want to look too far ahead. We are off to a good start and would look to play session by session with a good mindset tomorrow and take things from there,” concluded Bumrah.
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