- Bumrah comes across as a thinking and intelligent young man who hasn't let success go to his head.
- In the post-match media interaction, Kohli was effusive in his praise of Bumrah.
- Kohli said that it was in a way good for a batsman to face someone like Bumrah in the nets as it could prepare him for tough tests in a match situation.
SOUTHAMPTON: Jasprit Bumrah added to his burgeoning reputation with a stunning opening spell, his first in a World Cup game, against South Africa on Wednesday. As one of the marquee stars of the mega event, all eyes were on Bumrah and the lanky pacer responded to the challenge in a typically precise yet menacing manner.
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Bumrah used the helpful conditions at the Hampshire Bowl to great effect and had the two South African openers - Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock - back in the hut in no time. India did not look back from there.
Bumrah's meteoric rise in the last two years, during which he has graduated from being a very good limited overs bowler to being a formidable Test bowler, to being hailed as the "best" in the world. His journey has been nothing short of dramatic and the World Cup debut show added yet another chapter to his storied career.
As one would expect, there were hardly any nerves and no effort to overdo anything from India's pace spearhead. "I was not thinking that it was my first World Cup game. I treated it like any other game and focused on what I always do. There was a little bit of help for me and when you have that you don't need to do too much," he said after the match.
Bumrah comes across as a thinking and intelligent young man who hasn't let success go to his head. When asked if he was checking out other pacemen at the World Cup and trying to learn anything from them, he said, "You can learn from any bowler in the world, be it a first-class bowler or an international one. I always keep myself open so that I can add things to my armoury."
In the post-match media interaction, skipper Virat Kohli was effusive in his praise of Bumrah. "The way he's bowling right now, it's so good to see because you see batsmen literally clueless against him and he's rushing people."
Kohli pointed to Bumrah's dismissal of Hashim Amla on Wednesday as an example. "To be honest, I haven't seen Hashim get out like that in One-day cricket. He's been so dominant. He might play shots and get out, but to get guys out like that, rushing them a bit, I think it's a great thing and it's a testimony to Bumrah's hard work. He is very disciplined and is working really hard. He understands this is his time and he's making the most of it."
Asked how it was to face Bumrah in the nets, Kohli said, "One thing you know with facing Jasprit is you have to play good cricketing shots and you have to back your technique. Because if you are hesitant a little bit, he senses that and he's all over you. If he senses someone's not enjoying the short ball in the nets, he will make sure that guy gets it in that session. So what you see him bowling in the match, he bowls exactly like that to us in the nets. He doesn't care who is standing in front of him. He will bounce people, he will try to get people bowled, he will york people with the new ball and that's the reason for his consistency."
Virat added that it was in a way good for a batsman to face someone like Bumrah in the nets as it could prepare him for tough tests in a match situation. "For a batsman, it's beautiful to face a guy like that who bowls with match intensity. If you play well against him, you walk out with more confidence." Amla, who became Bumrah's first World Cup victim, acknowledged him as one of the best in the world. " If you look around, Bumrah and Rabada (Kagiso) are the two best bowlers in the world today - good pace, accuracy and they can bowl at all stages of a game."