Fully Fit But Advised Rest for West Indies Tour, Says Bumrah

“I am not disappointed. I have been doing things that I have been told to do,” said Jasprit Bumrah.

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Pacer Jasprit Bumrah said he has been advised to miss India’s limited-overs tour of West Indies as part of his workload management, and not due to any fitness issues.

Bumrah and senior batsman Rohit Sharma have been rested for the five-match ODI and single match T20 series in the Caribbean starting 23 June.

I am totally fine, they (selectors and team management) have told me to take rest. I am fully fit and there are no niggles.
Jasprit Bumrah

Asked if he is disappointed to miss out given that he has been in good form, the Gujarat slinger replied:

I am not disappointed. I have been doing things that I have been told to do.

If top BCCI sources are to be believed, Rohit can make a comeback into the Test side against Sri Lanka next month as one middle-order slot is still up for grabs.

In fact, skipper Kohli indicated that an asset like Rohit needs to be preserved.

We need to protect him (Rohit) going further because later half of the year we have massive tours coming up, and his batting contribution will be a huge factor for us.
Virat Kohli
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(Photo: AP)

Bumrah has been bowling terrific spells during the death overs in the ongoing Champions Trophy, something he attributed to the reverse swing on offer.

Well, it was a good day. The ball in the end was reverse swinging so that also helped. It always feels good when rhythm is going well. So whenever you are able to contribute to the team’s success, it’s good.
Jasprit Bumrah

He bowled 41 dot balls and he believes that also helped other bowlers to get wickets.

Dot balls help build pressure so even if you are not getting wickets, somebody from the other end is getting wickets and the job is done.

About his ability to bowl yorkers, the paceman credited numerous simulations that he has had during the net session.

"It is not an easy delivery to bowl. You have to work hard. I always try and emphasise on having specific net sessions on 'death bowling'. It is similar to length balls -- the more you practice, the better you get at it," he explained.

Bumrah is not at all surprised that Pakistan have made it to the finals and said there is no room for complacency against the arch-rivals.

"I am not at all surprised to see them (Pakistan) in the final. You never know anything can happen on any day. On their day, they can beat any side in the world.

"You can't be complacent that now we are in finals. There are no easy games and you have to give them respect," he said.

(With inputs from PTI).

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