Playing with confidence without being reckless will be our motive while batting: Bumrah

back icon
safari
26 Dec 2020 | 10:49 AM
author
PTI

Playing with confidence without being reckless will be our motive while batting: Bumrah

Bumrah took 4 for 56 and was complemented well by Ravichandran Ashwin (3 for 25) and debutant Mohammed Siraj (2 for 40) in engineering Australia's collapse to 195

heart

Share

Indian batsmen would look to be "confident without being reckless" and take one session at a time, said pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah after a fine bowling performance put the visitors in command against Australia on the opening day of the second Test.

Bumrah took 4 for 56 and was complemented well by Ravichandran Ashwin (3 for 25) and debutant Mohammed Siraj (2 for 40) in engineering Australia's collapse to 195.

Asked what would be the visitors' batting approach having finished the day at 36 for 1 and the memories of the first Test's 36 all out still fresh, Bumrah replied: "We are not looking too far ahead. We are looking at one session at a time.

"We don't want to be conservative in our mindset and be positive. Control the controllables. Not being reckless but playing with confidence will be the motive going forward," added the bowler, well aware of the challenge ahead.

One of the striking moves by skipper Ajinkya Rahane was introducing Ashwin in the first hour of play.

"When we were bowling in the morning there was some moisture on the wicket, so you saw Ashwin and Jaddu (Ravindra Jadeja) got some spin.

"...because we wanted to make the most of the moisture, we were trying to use them, he (Ashwin) was getting good bounce," Bumrah said after the end of the first day's play.

Rahane's field placements came in for a lot of praise from none other than Shane Warne and Bumrah said that in the second session, the bowlers altered the line knowing that pitch was becoming easier to bat on.

"There was constant discussions going on between bowlers and the captain. The wicket changed after the first session. It got better to bat on in the second session and moisture went away.

"We were just trying to communicate what kind of lines we wanted to bowl so that we can set the field accordingly. When there was less help, we tried to change the line accordingly," he said.

Bumrah, however, downplayed any suggestions about this being India's best day 1 bowling effort overseas Tests since he joined.

"We don't think like that and we just wanted to create pressure from both ends. Ash bowled brilliantly and so did Siraj. We were all trying to help each other," the speedster said.

As a senior bowler, Bumrah was all praise for debutant Siraj, who was decent in his first outing in the traditional format.

"He has worked really hard and come up the ranks. He was eager to bowl in the first session itself. There wasn't a lot happening after lunch and he (Siraj) bowled with a lot of control," he said.

"Suddenly he started getting some movement and wanted to make the best of it. Playing his first Test match, he bowled really well and had confidence of using all his skills. It's a heartening sign for us and hopefully he will continue doing that."

Teams batting on the second day have won more Test matches at the MCG but Bumrah doesn't want to look into statistics like that.

"We are trying to focus on things that are in our hands. The focus will be on the first session tomorrow."

Bumrah also brushed aside the controversial decision by TV umpire Paul Wilson, ruling rival captain Tim Paine not out despite replays showing otherwise. The decision invited sharp criticism from Shane Warne.

Is it about time that ICC started to look at having neutral umpires on board by quarantining them just like players?

"Look, these are the things that we can't control, I understand that the situations are difficult and all of these things are out of our hands, so I try not to focus on those things that we can't control.

"Yeah, it is unfortunate that the umpires are not able to travel, but it is something that I don't have any power of changing, so we try to focus on the things we can," said Bumrah about the decision that didn't have much impact in how the day panned out for India as Paine was dismissed shortly after.

heart
shareGray Share
Tags
IndiaJasprit Jasbirsingh BumrahIndia tour of Australia, 2020/21Australia vs India - 2nd Test - Border-Gavaskar Trophy, 2020/21

Related Articles

safari
OPINION
Jasprit Bumrah - India's 'unorthodox' gem
The ace paceman has taken the most number of wickets in away Tests since 2018
userHardik Worah
14 Jun 2021
safari
NEWS
Saliva ban made it difficult to maintain ball as sweat not effective: Bumrah
The 27-year-old also explained that sweat, which is lighter than saliva, is not at all a good option to prepare the ball for reverse swing
userPTI
05 Feb 2021
safari
NEWS
Faced abuses in Sydney earlier too, now they have crossed line: Ashwin
The 34-year-old said that it needs to be dealt with a iron fist
userPTI
10 Jan 2021
safari
NEWS
If I say Rahane's captaincy is outstanding, I will be accused of backing a Mumbaikar: Gavaskar
Rahane marshalled his resources well as India dismissed Australia for a sub-par 195 in 72.3 overs on the opening day of the second Test
userPTI
26 Dec 2020
safari
DAY 1 REPORT
Bumrah, Ashwin, Debutants put India ahead after an eventful day's play
Australia were bowled out for 195 after opting to bat first
userShubh Aggarwal
25 Dec 2020
safari
NEWS
Nothing bowlers have to change drastically after loss to RR: Bumrah
The MI pacer also admitted that it was little-bit difficult to always stay in the bio-bubble and hence being mentally fresh was important
userPTI
27 Oct 2020
safari
NEWS
Break was not difficult, says fit-again Bumrah
India's pace spearhead sheds light on his four-month long break
userPTI
04 Jan 2020
safari
NEWS
Experience of bowling with duke balls in England helped me in West Indies: Bumrah
The Indian pacer has been in stunning form during the ongoing Test series against West Indies
userPTI
02 Sep 2019
safari
NEWS
I owe it to my captain, says Bumrah
Pace spearhead lauds skipper Kohli for taking the review that got him his hat-trick
userPTI
01 Sep 2019
safari
ANALYSIS
Bumrah - a generation’s dream now a superhuman reality
The pacer’s ability to be a quick learner has turned him into a force to be reckoned with
userSomesh Agarwal
29 Aug 2019
logo
Cricket like never before
Follow us on
FacebookTwitterLinkedin
@ 2020 cricket.com | All rights reserved