My Biggest Dream and Ultimate Aim is to Play Test Cricket: Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah is currently the top-ranked bowler in the ICC T20 rankings. That’s not all, you will also find his name at the third spot in the ICC rankings for ODI bowlers.
Both rankings are a true reflection of the 23-year-old’s consistently outstanding performances in limited overs cricket in the last few years. Be it bowling with the new ball, bowling at the death, or when searching for a crucial breakthrough, Bumrah has emerged as Indian captain Virat Kohli’s first choice.
In recent times, there have been calls made by several former cricketers asking for Bumrah to be given a run in Test cricket as well. Bumrah himself rates the format as the real deal. However, during an interview on behindtheseams.tv, he did admit that playing the five-day format was his ultimate aim, and donning the Test cricket whites –his goal.
While expressing his desire to play Test cricket, Bumrah – who is currently seen as a white ball specialist – said in the interview that he is not desperate and knows his time will surely come. For him, this current moment is about preparing himself for the all the white ball cricket the Indian team has scheduled in the next few weeks and months, and maintaining his fitness and bowling form.
Bumrah also added that his focus is on the controllables and that he will try to be best prepared to do justice to the opportunity, if and when the call-up comes.
I’ll do whatever is in my hands – my preparation should be good and I should be in a good mental space. That is all that I’m focussing on. Whenever my chance comes, I’ll wait for it till then – but I’ll ensure that I’m fully prepared to give myself the best chance to do well.Jasprit Bumrah on behindtheseams.tv
Being an integral part of India’s limited overs team, Bumrah seldom gets opportunities to play in the Ranji Trophy – India’s premier first-class competition. However, when he got the opportunity to play last year, he showcased his red ball skills.
I’ve done well in First-Class cricket when playing for my state team in domestic cricket. Gujarat, my state team, won the Ranji Trophy for the first time ever last season – and I did well too; I think I took 3 or 4 five-wicket hauls – I was able to perform in all the big matches and took wickets in the quarter-final, semi-final. That gave me a lot of confidence that I have the capability and I have what is required to do well in the longer version.Jasprit Bumrah on behindtheseams.tv
Despite being branded as a limited overs specialist, Bumrah has a very good understanding of how to buy wickets in the longer version.
In India, the pitches we play on are predominantly either spinner-friendly or flat decks. What’s the way for a fast bowler to take wickets? Reverse swing is one method. With my action and the pace at which I bowl, the ball tends to swing a bit late. Batsmen are looking to pick the shiny side, but with my action, (they struggle) and it becomes too late. That is an aspect I’ve developed playing domestic cricket because then you can contribute a lot with the old ball.Jasprit Bumrah on behindtheseams.tv
For someone who has only played 26 first-class matches so far, Bumrah has a very clear understanding of the role that quicks are expected to play, particularly while playing in the sub-continent. “In India, spinners take lots of wickets. But as a pacer, if one is able to give that one crucial breakthrough with the old ball, that’ll put the team in a very good position. That is definitely one of my strengths.
"Not many people are aware of what I am capable of in 4-day cricket, but I believe I have the skills. My aim is, whenever I get a chance, hopefully I’ll be able to do well,” Bumrah exudes confidence before signing off.
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