Although India were completely outplayed by New Zealand in the recently-concluded two-match Test series, bowlers did well. However, pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah doesn’t want to do a “blame game” which he believes wouldn’t help. Bumrah and Mohammed Shami took seven wickets between them to restrict New Zealand for 235 but the batsmen failed to register a single win.
“See we don’t play the blame game. In our (team) culture, we don’t look at blaming anyone. Some days if as a bowling unit we don’t pick up wickets, then that doesn’t give the batsmen liberty to take our case, isn’t it?” asked Bumrah, trying his best to defend the situation of India.
“We, as a team, want to push it hard and do well but the situation is what it is. We have two batsmen left and we would look to push tomorrow as well. We can try and work hard and score as many as we can and we will see how it goes,” said Bumrah who took three wickets for 62 runs in New Zealand’s first innings.
“We, as a unit, are very close and we are working hard. We lost more wickets than we wanted to but we don’t play the blame game and we try to keep everyone together,” he added while stressing on the “blame game” part many times.
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He had also faced a bit of criticism for his bowling in the ODI series as well as in the first Test but Jasprit Bumrah said that he doesn’t mind as long as he knows that he is doing well. However, the only thing matters to him is his mindset if its correct or not.
“I don’t look at personal performances as I told you. You look to do the processes right and you look to bowl well. You look to create pressure. Some days, I will get wickets and some days, someone else will. My focus is always on what I could do,” the 26-year-old pacer said. “If there’s some problem in my execution and my mindset is not correct, then you address that. You don’t focus on the results, you focus on the processes you can control.”
About the Hagley Oval pitch, Jasprit Bumrah felt that moisture helped New Zealand bowlers on the track and that helped them too in the game on the second day as well.
“On first day, there was a bit of moisture and because of that when they bowled in the first innings, dents were created. There was a bit of seam movement for both the teams and bowlers were there in the game and you bowl good areas, you create good pressure. We were also creating a lot of chances and that (dents) could have played a role,” he shared.
“As a bowling unit, when we bowled, I thought we created a lot of chances. We will keep on doing that and creating pressure. We will create enough chances and we could get wickets. We were very happy with that as senior members of the team, we have to bowl long spells and we were up for it,” Bumrah signed off.