The pace spearhead of India, Jasprit Bumrah, had a great campaign in the 2019 World Cup and he was rested for the limited-overs series against West Indies, which will begin in Florida on Saturday (August 2). However, he bagged the 2019 Youth Icon award at the ‘Forbes India 30 Under 30’ on Friday. There he shared many things in a chat with Network18’s Group Sports Editor Gaurav Kalra about his journey in international cricket.
“It always feels good when people appreciate you. It feels good to be loved by the people of this country,” Bumrah said in Mumbai on Friday (August 2). “I don’t know about being a national asset but it has been a long season with the IPL and World Cup and it was good to get a two-week break before I join the squad for the Test series,” he said.
“The best thing is that as a team we are happy as a bunch. The start has been a good one for me but the journey is still long,” he told. “As a kid, I used to watch a lot of cricket on TV and tried to emulate bowling actions of all the top bowlers in the world. So everyday when I went out to play it was a new bowling action. There is no better feeling when kids are emulating your bowling action because I used to do that when I was growing up,” he shared.
Bumrah recalled the 70-year-old lady copying his bowling his action on Instagram.
“The video actually made my day. We were coming back to India after a tough World Cup campaign. Watching this brought a smile on my face,” the pacer said.
“I started playing cricket with the tennis ball and the most useful delivery then to pick up wickets was the yorkers, so I stuck to that. When I came to IPL and played in the same team with Malinga, he showed me the importance of bowling accurate yorkers. I think I am decent with the delivery but I want to get better,” addd Bumrah.
The youngster shared the memories with Kohli as well in the nets.
“It is all in good humour. When we bowlers bat in the nets, the batsmen make fun of us and we do the same when the batsmen try to come and bowl during the match,” he said.
“Like I said, growing up I used to watch a lot of cricket on TV and I used to watch a lot of Tests. My aim is to play as many Tests as possible because that’s the pinnacle for me. In my book, I rate Test cricket very highly,” he concluded.