Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah is unfazed by England’s aggressive style of play, often referred to as Bazball. While he acknowledges the success of this approach, Bumrah is excited about the upcoming five-match Test series against England, set to begin on January 25 in Hyderabad. In a recent statement, Bumrah expressed that he doesn’t really relate to the term “Bazball” but believes that England’s aggressive play keeps bowlers like him in the game and provides opportunities to take wickets.
The 30-year-old pacer faced the aggressive brand of cricket during the rescheduled fifth Test against England in Edgbaston. Despite the challenges, Bumrah, who also captained the side in the absence of Rohit Sharma, remains optimistic. He sees England’s aggressive approach as a chance for bowlers to shine and is focused on leveraging the situation to his advantage.
“I always think about how I can use things to my advantage. Kudos to them but, as a bowler, you’re in the game,” remarked Jasprit Bumrah in an interview with The Guardian. He emphasized that Test cricket holds a special place for him, considering himself a part of the generation where Test cricket is considered the pinnacle.
Jasprit Bumrah highlighted the significance of his formative years in red-ball cricket, learning the art of taking wickets and honing his skills through first-class cricket.
“I am of that generation where Test cricket is king. I will always judge myself on it. Yes, I started with IPL, but I learned to bowl through first-class cricket; that’s where I developed my skill, the art of taking wickets. In Test cricket, you have to get the batsman out, and that challenges you as a bowler,” Jasprit Bumrah concluded.
As the upcoming Test series approaches, Bumrah is focused on utilizing his experience and skills to contribute significantly, undeterred by the aggressive tactics employed by England.