Team India pacer Jasprit Bumrah who wrecked havoc in the England batting at Southampton admitted that it is interesting to bowl with the Duke ball.
Meanwhile, India got the better of the first day of the fourth Test against England at Southampton as they look to level the series, with Jasprit Bumrah leading their impressive pace attack.
He struck twice in the morning session as England got off to a miserable start after winning the toss. Bumah admitted that it is interesting to bowl with the Duke ball. He also revealed that they got assistance from the pitch early on in Southampton.
“It’s quite interesting (bowling) with the Dukes ball. When I was sitting out in the first two matches, I was keeping an eye on what the other bowlers were doing. We also wanted to bat, but when we started to bowl there was a lot of seam and swing early on, more than we expected,” Jasprit Bumrah said after the end of day’s play.
The young pacer also opened up on his plans while bowling to England opener Keaton Jennings. Bumrah trapped Jennings in front to draw the first blood in the Engish innings.
“The ball was swinging so I thought why not try the inswinger (against Jennings). Even when the ball is not reversing, the batsman tries to see the shine because the shine is prominent. I usually hide it often,” he added.
My action changed with time
Jasprit Bumrah, who has traveled through ranks to reach team India admitted that has bowling action has changed a lot. He also noted that his coaches feared that he would lose his pace if they change the action.
“My action was different in U19. But it changed more and more. Wherever I went, in NCA and the MRF academy, the coaches said they won’t change my action. We’ll make you stronger and your body stronger because they were afraid I’ll lose my pace,” he continues.
Jasprit Bumrah, in conclusion, also lauded the England team for putting up a great fight after early jitters.