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Bumrah eager to learn with each outing

The fast bowler was happy with his first stint in whites for Team India and looked to get better with more matches under his belt

A few eyebrows were raised when Jasprit Bumrah made it to the playing eleven for the 1st Test against South Africa at Cape Town. Few called it a gamble, few doubted his red ball exploits and match practice while the rest believed the team should have gone with experience more than exuberance of youth. Bumrah though, had other plans – he had bowled his heart out in the nets in the build up to the 1st Test and exclaimed he felt no nervousness whatsoever in his first outing in Test whites.

“It’s not like in my life I was playing a first-class game for the first time. I have played a lot of four-day games earlier as well. It’s a gap, but it’s fine,” Bumrah said after practice in the build up to the 2nd Test in Centurion. “My basic plan was to go inside and have a feel of the wicket and then make changes in my bowling accordingly.”

Bumrah labelled his debut as “happy”, not like he set the match on fire with a 5-wicket haul on debut, but picked up four in the match to take a lot from it in the end. After all, he had AB de Villiers and South Africa Test captain Faf du Plessis to his name. “It is not a dream debut, but I’m really happy. Whatever I learned from the first match, I was very happy. As a bowler, you quickly want to get your first Test wicket and to get AB’s wicket is very good. He was playing really well, and I got his wicket. It felt really good, but yes, not to get too excited and not to get too down after every match is my basic motto.”

The fast bowler sounded wise, which he was the moment he walked out to bowl in the second innings. After being hit for runs in the first innings and claiming just one victim, Bumrah came back strong with a telling performance picking up three more in the second essay.

“In the first innings we thought we bowled a little fuller than normal because in India the wickets are different where we have to pitch the ball a little fuller to get swing and you have to get the batsmen on the front foot. Over here there is bounce, so there is a little bit of difference.

“We analysed that and tried to adapt that in the second innings and as a unit we were able to create pressure. That was the basic plan going into the second innings, and that worked well. So hopefully, we will see videos of how the pitches behave here in Centurion and we will plan according to it. My basic plan always is to never go by perceptions that this will happen, and this won’t happen. Nowadays, anything can happen anywhere. So, day by day, learn from every session which you have, every experience which you have, and analyse and go forward.”

On the team front, Bumrah was confident that India could would comeback strong after the loss in the 1st Test. The spirits were high and the team was looking to stay in a positive frame of mind, believed Bumrah. “We are taking each day at a time and trying to train well. Your confidence doesn’t take a dent after one Test match. If your confidence goes away after one match, you don’t deserve to play! According to me, you learn from the mistakes you have made and keep moving forward. I have not played over here but as far the net wickets go, there’s a good amount of bounce. So, we’re trying to adapt to it and the mistakes that we made in the first match, we’re trying to rectify them.”

Anand Subramaniam
Anand Subramaniam

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India U19 win first warm-up game by 189 runs

After posting a daunting 332-8, the Indian bowlers skittled out South Africa for 143 runs

India started their preparations for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018 with a comfortable victory in the first warm-up match played in Christchurch against South Africa.

Indian batsmen seized control through a 138-run fourth-wicket partnership between Aryan Juyal (86 off 92 balls) and Himanshu Rana (68 off 69 balls), which was supplemented by several small but useful efforts, taking the side to 332 for eight in 50 overs

Akhona Mnyanka and Thando Ntini shared five scalps for South Africa either side of the partnership.
India fast bowler Ishan Porel then ripped through South Africa’s top-order with a four-wicket haul, while Abhishek Sharma followed his useful 35-run knock with two wickets even as the 2014 champions were dismissed for 143 runs in 38.3 overs.

For South Africa, Jean du Plessis fought a lone battle while scoring 50 off 82 balls.

India captain Prithvi Shaw said the team’s batsmen, as well as bowlers, were acclimatizing well. “It was a good win for us, just getting used to these conditions. We dominated and executed quite well, and we are practicing hard so all credit to the boys.”

Brief scores:
India U19India 332-8 in 50 overs (Aryan Juyal 86, Himanshu Rana 68, Abhishek Sharma 35, Manjot Kalra 31; Akhona Mnyaka 3-40, Thando Ntini 2-47) beat South Africa U-19 143 all out in 38.3 overs (Jean du Plessis 50; Ishan Porel 4-23, Kamlesh Nagarkoti 2-15, Abhishek Sharma 2-16) by 189 runs


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