It’s Great to Have Nehra Back in the Team, Says Jasprit Bumrah

Ashish Nehra has a lot of experience to share with the youngsters in the Indian team, says Jasprit Bumrah.

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Ashish Nehra shares a moment with Jasprit Bumrah.
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India pacer Jasprit Bumrah is excited about the return of Ashish Nehra in the team and is looking forward to pick the veteran pacer's brain during the T20 series against Australia, beginning in Ranchi on Saturday.

The 38-year-old Nehra is making a comeback after playing the T20 series against England earlier this year.

He’s a very experienced player. I’ve played some cricket with him. I’ve played in World T20 with him. It’s really good to have him in the side. It’s lot of fun. He has loads of experience to share. He’s very helpful for youngsters like me. The team’s atmosphere becomes good when he comes to the side. It feels great to have him back in the side.
Jasprit Bumrah

Fitness plays a pivotal role and the onus lies on the cricketer to stay in the pink of health and extend his career, he said.

It’s not only fast bowlers who need to put in extra effort. Yes they need to do extra sometimes, but in general if you are not fit you won’t be able to survive. It’s the responsibility of the player to look after his diet and training. Because of the amount of cricket we have been playing nowadays, everybody has to be fit.
Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah takes a run during a practice session.
Jasprit Bumrah takes a run during a practice session.
(Photo: AP)

With Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Bumrah at the death, India have developed a potent bowling combination.

We just want to improve ourselves every time, we keep asking questions to each other. We keep learning from the senior players on what else we can do and how to improve, how to adapt to different conditions and the wickets. The focus is on training. We don’t focus on results. We want to get better every game.
Jasprit Bumrah

India defeated Australia by six wickets the last time both the teams met in the World T20 in March 2016, and prior to that they completed a 3-0 clean sweep Down Under in January.

India may be having a 9-3 head to head record but Bumrah said that is the last thing on team's mind.

We don’t think like that. We only focus on the game. Every format requires a little bit of skill level. We want to focus on that and if we do our basics right, everything else is taken care of.
Jasprit Bumrah

Having defeated Australia 4-1 in the one-dayers, India will look for a perfect ending to the limited overs series.

Jasprit Bumrah shares a moment with MS Dhoni.
Jasprit Bumrah shares a moment with MS Dhoni.
(Photo: AP)
You do not need a drive when you’re playing for India. You love playing for India. It does not matter what format you play, you have to adapt constantly.
Jasprit Bumrah

Being a death bowler specialist, Bumrah said his role hardly changes in the ODI and T20 format.

One-day and T20s are slightly different. In the situations where I bowl, in the death overs, it’s very similar. You’re hit over here as well as in ODIs. It’s not too much of a difference.
Jasprit Bumrah

Bumrah refused to comment much about the fake fielding law which has been criticised by the cricket experts.

I have not thought about it much. We do as we are asked to do. We don’t think too much on rules. We will see what is going to happen when the rule is changed.
Jasprit Bumrah

Bumrah said he remains unaffected by the FIFA U-17 World Cup fever in India. "We are right now focusing on cricket and not focusing on football," he signed off.

(With inputs from PTI)

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