For any pacer, aggression is a vital aspect as this quality drives the pacer to achieve success and stay energetic on the field. However, over aggression is a quality which is least needed by any aspiring pacer. As a consequence of being over aggressive, bowlers tend to lose their focus soon and end up hurting their team’s cause.
One individual who has understood this difference has been India’s latest pace sensation Jasprit Bumrah. The Gujarat pacer has been a revelation for India in 2016 and he was also branded as the “find of the tour” by skipper MS Dhoni during India’s tour of Australia earlier this year. Bumrah, post India’s victory in the third ODI at Zimbabwe revealed the reason behind his success in an interaction with ANI.
“When I started to play cricket, I used to be very aggressive, I used to do stupid things. But the more I played, I realized the calmer I am, the better it is for me when I bowl”, Bumrah said. “I tried to be cool, so the mind would work more. And if you use your brain, then it will help you to bowl well as well.”
“Whenever I try to take a wicket, I never get a wicket. So I just try to contain the batsmen in the shorter format,” he added. “Whenever you’re bowling well and you try to contain, the batsmen take some risks, and in that manner, you’ll get a wicket. That was my basic plan – not to go for the wickets, but just bowl in the correct areas, so that would help me take a wicket.”
Bumrah also stated that he worked hard on developing the yorker, which has now become his go to delivery. “Earlier, I didn’t have that ball, I only used to bring it in. But after playing the IPL and first-class cricket, I have learnt quite a lot with the experienced coaches,” he said. “I have developed this ball over the years, which is helping me as that gives me more options to dismiss the batsman.”