Mumbai Indians pacer Jasprit Bumrah has said that the six days break has helped his team to revitalise and get ready for the important phase of the tournament.
Speaking on the eve of Mumbai Indians’ first home game in Visakhapatnam, against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Bumrah said that they are all prepared to battle for their berth in the play-offs.
“We’ve been playing cricket for quite a long time. So the break was necessary for us, it’s a good, refreshing break which we had. So everybody is quite relaxed now, they are refreshed. I think the break will help us in our coming matches,” Bumrah told the media on Saturday (May 7), ahead of their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 game against Sunrisers.
“Even if we lose or win, we always try to keep the same mindset because we always believe that we can come back whenever we play rest of the matches. We have been working hard and we have been doing well in the practice sessions. It’s a good sign that the things are coming into place,” the 22-year-old added.
Mumbai Indians were ordered by the court to shift their home matches out of Maharashtra due to drought and as a result, Vizag was chosen as the new home ground. Talking about that Bumrah said that while few players from his team have the experience of playing here but they will make their plans only after playing the next match.
“I’ve played some matches over here, a lot of players have played some matches over here. But as a team, (it’s) the first time we are playing over here. So we’ll look how the wicket plays in the next match and we’ll plan from there,” Bumrah said. “It’s always a challenge, but as a professional player you have to be upbeat to the challenges, you have to come up front and face the challenges. So we’ll prepare well and we’ll look to do well in Vizag as well.”
Mumbai Indians coaching staff is one of the finest in the tournament with the likes of Ricky Ponting, Shane Bond, and Jonty Rhodes.Talking about head coach Ponting, Bumrah said that Ponting’s experience is helping the youngsters to perform well in the pressure situations.
“He’s (Ponting) quite an experienced player himself, he’s played a lot of cricket. So he has a lot of experience to share with us. I think, that is really helping us as youngsters because his experience is always valuable. He’s faced many tough situations, so that helps us because we know how to come out of tough situations,” Bumrah said of Ponting.
When asked about Bond’s role, Bumrah said the former New Zealand pacer has not only been a big help to him personally but also to all the bowlers in the team.
“He’s very helpful to all the bowlers. Every bowler in our team will agree to that. According to our strengths, he tells us what is the best thing which you could do in a match. He’s been very helpful and so far the road has been good, so the plans are working.”