Bumrah said that bowling with Dukes balls in English conditions have helped him in his success. He is only the third Indian bowler to take a Test hat-trick. His 6/27 helped India to bundle out Windies at 117 in the first innings.
Bumrah talking to reporters after 3rd Day’s play said “I played a lot of cricket in England, we played a lot of Test matches, we bowled with the duke ball. There is a lot of movement with the duke ball, you get a lot of confidence in outswing, inswing, whatever you’re trying. So, that experience helped me out.”
India gave a massive target of 468 for Windies and are closer to another series victory. Currently, Windies are 45/2 after Day 3 Stumps.
When Bumrah was asked about the plans, he replied that plan was just to create pressure by saying “You have to assess the wicket, what are the conditions, what works here. Here the wicket has a lot more bounce. In such bouncy wickets, you can become greedy and bowl short but you shouldn’t do that. You should look to bowl in good areas and create pressure and try and bowl full. That was the plan going into the first innings.”
Bumrah also said that he always looks for team’s contributions and causes, “I always look at the team goals, if we win the match and I don’t have any wickets it’s fine. My aim is to contribute to the team’s success, be it by taking wickets or creating pressure.”
The captain’s confidence gives you a lot of self-belief – Bumrah about the captain Virat Kohli
After Bumrah completed his another five Wicket haul by dismissing Kraigg Brathwaite, skipper Kohli was found on the mic saying “What a Bowler, man! What a bowler.”
When he was asked about the Skipper, Bumrah said captain’s belief towards him insists him giving more confidence, “The captain’s confidence gives you a lot of self-belief. When you bowl, you can express yourself, you can try whatever you want to do. That gives you a lot of confidence, not only me but each and every bowler is being backed by him so much. As a bowling unit we are very happy and then we have the freedom to do what we want.”