"I think we went attacking a little early" - Bumrah

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01 Nov 2021 | 01:39 AM
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"I think we went attacking a little early" - Bumrah

Indian players have been playing non-stop cricket for almost six months now and the paceman said that the bubble fatigue creeps in after one point of time

New Zealand hammered India by eight wickets on Sunday (October 31) and Virat Kohli and Co. are now on the brink of elimination from the ongoing T20 World Cup. India's pace bowling spearhead Jasprit Bumrah said that the batters tried to play "an attacking game" in a bid to give extra 30 runs to the bowlers on a dew-laden surface as that was the communication from the team management.

Interestingly, Bumrah's take on batters playing an "attacking game" came minutes after skipper Kohli's bold admission at the post-match presentation that neither his men had shown proper "body language" nor were they "brave" in their approach. 

"I think as a batting unit what we were trying to do is that we know in the second innings dew does play a massive factor. We tried to give us some cushion. We wanted to get extra runs that could give us an advantage in the second innings. I think in that process we played a lot of attacking shorts, attacking options. That didn't come off today," said Bumrah.

"So I think that was the approach as a batting unit that was going on because in the second innings, batting does get easier. So we wanted to give that cushion to the bowlers. I think that was the thought process. I think in that thought process I think there were a lot of attack issues.

"I think we went attacking a little early. And the longer boundaries actually came into play. They used their slower balls where they used the wicket quite well to their advantage and they made it difficult for our batters to play the big shots. Because the singles were not there on the offer, so they were playing attacking shots. High risk shots were always there. I think that was the summary of what happened today. And that's for everyone to see."

India now just don’t have to win their remaining three games but will also need a couple of results to go in their favour if they want to make it to the semifinals. 

"As a sportsman, you face a lot of days in cricket. Some days will be good and some days would be bad. What I try to do is not get very high when good days happen and not get very low when low days happen. All of these things are part and parcel of a cricketer's life. Try to stay in the moment, analyse what went wrong, what went well and try to move forward. That's the only way that you can move forward in this game."

Indian players have been playing non-stop cricket for almost six months now and Bumrah said that the bubble fatigue creeps in after one point of time.

"Absolutely. Sometimes you need a break. You miss your family sometimes. You've been on the road for six months. So all of that sometimes play on the back of your mind. But when you're on the field, you don't think of all those things. You don't control a lot of things, how the scheduling goes on or what tournament is played when. So obviously staying in a bubble and staying away from your family for such a long period of time does play a role on the player's mind as well.

"But they also tried their best to make us feel comfortable. But this is the time which we're living in right now. It's a difficult time. There's a pandemic going on. So we try to adapt. But sometimes bubble fatigue, mental fatigue also creeps in, that you're doing the same thing again and again and again. So it is the way it is, and you can't control a lot of it here."

(With inputs from PTI)

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