I don't try to read batsman's mind too much, says Bumrah
I don't try to read batsman's mind too much, says Bumrah

India’s premier bowler Jasprit Bumrah has been the go-to man for MS Dhoni this year after the amount of maturity that the young fast bowler has shown to win the trust of India’s most successful captain.

The 22-year old has played a pivotal role in India’s 3-0 whitewash in the tour of Zimbabwe which is their first ODI series win since October 2014. The young bowler has taken 9 wickets in 3 matches in the ongoing tour and has once again played the match into India’s hands as he finished with an impressive 4/22 in the third ODI.

“International cricket is international cricket (whether it is Zimbabwe or any other team). The days are going well for us, we are getting the results. We are looking to keep on improving,”  Bumrah said as he finished as the highest wicket-taker in the series.

“What I try to do, sometimes it doesn’t come off. But I try it again rather than thinking about the batsman’s mindset. If I am not able to execute my plans, then I feel I am not up to the mark and there has been a mistake on my part. Then I try to keep a cool head and try to do it all over again,” added as he spoke of his mindset.

Asked if he had any ideas of changing his tactics as the wicket was a better for batting when compared to the previous 2 ODIs, he said: “We did not plan anything different. We were just trying to bowl in the good areas. We did not try anything different to pick up wickets, nothing out of the box. We were just trying to bowl good balls.”

“It is always good when the ball is moving, so you can try out more variations. The wicket today was not offering as much help as it was in the earlier two games.

“We had to be more disciplined and not pitch the ball too full. We just tried to stick to the basics hoping that we don’t give many  runs and the batsmen make mistakes under pressure.”

The young fast bowler also thinks that IPL and first class cricket has helped him develop variations over the years.

“Earlier, I only used to get the ball into right-handers. Over the years, I have developed some variations, thanks to first-class cricket and IPL,

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