Sachin Tendulkar picks Jasprit Bumrah for special mention after Trent Bridge victory

Back after an injury lay-off, Bumrah said that the idea was to keep enjoying himself in the middle and not worry too much about picking wickets.

cricket Updated: Aug 23, 2018 15:44 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Jasprit Bumrah took five wickets in England’s second innings at Trent Bridge.(AP)

Virat Kohli has often spoken about how Jasprit Bumrah has turned into one of his key bowlers across all formats and the pacer once again showed his class when he picked a fifer in England’s second innings at Trent Bridge. It is never easy to return from an injury lay-off, but Bumrah did it with ease and that prompted the legendary Sachin Tendulkar to make special mention of the fast bowler as he praised the Indian team for their match-winning effort.

Taking to Twitter, Tendulkar wrote: “Fabulous spell of fast bowling by @Jaspritbumrah93. A good fightback by #TeamIndia with every player contributing. #ENGvIND.”

Speaking after picking five wickets in England’s second innings, Bumrah said that the idea was to keep enjoying himself in the middle and not worry too much about picking wickets.

“It feels really good (to be back after injury). We as a unit have bowled really well. There was pressure from both ends at all times. Sometimes you get a wicket and at other times the other bowler gets a wicket. But the idea is to ensure that we keep bowling well as a unit. When you are returning from an injury lay-off, you can sometimes try too hard. But I tried to ensure that I enjoy the return and get back into rhythm,” he smiled.

Bumrah said that returning after an injury lay-off is never easy and he had to work closely with the trainers even when he wasn’t playing. “It is pretty diffcult to be a fast bowler. What happens behind the camera doesn’t generally show. We train, we workout in the gym and we also run and these things help on days when you have to bowl long spells.

“Even when I was injured, I was in touch with the trainers and kept discussing ways in which I can keep training. I did running sessions on the treadmill. And when I came to England, I started training here and also started bowling. The attempt was to get into match rhythm,” he explained.

“You know that despite bowling long spells at the nets, the rhythm you need in a match is completely different. It took me some time to get into rhythm in the first innings. Sometimes what happens is that we try a bit too hard, but I was consciously trying to enjoy the game.”

First Published: Aug 23, 2018 14:48 IST