Bumrah enjoying stint with MI

Mumbai Indians pacer eager to make the most of world-class exposure

Mumbai 07 May 2014
The IPL is a perfect platform to unearth young talent, and over the years, it has succeeded in turning young cricketers into superstars. Be it Sanju Samson’s flair that has now earned him a fan following or fresh talent like Karun Nair, Sandeep Sharma and Yuzvendra Chahal, a budding cricketer cannot ask for anything more in terms of a career-boosting opportunity.

Now, add Mumbai Indians pacer Jasprit Bumrah to that list of lucky youngsters benefitting from the IPL. Last year, he made his league debut against RCB and picked up two wickets, and when he faced the team from Bengaluru again this year, he did not disappoint.

The youngster’s morale was obviously high after his side’s back-to-back victories at home. “Really feels nice to get two wins after a series of losses,” Bumrah said. “We have always played well in Mumbai and we were confident that we can make a comeback though there is still a long way to go.”

Bumrah was the most economical of the MI bowlers and picked up two wickets while giving away just 22 in his four overs. The highlight though was the key wicket of AB de Villiers, which Bumrah was gung-ho about. “AB played a brilliant innings in the last game and it is very difficult to bowl to him. He has such a wide range of shots and is someone who can hit you anywhere. I am glad I could get him out. I guess it was my lucky day today that I got his wicket.”

Bumrah also said that the team stuck to its plans against a strong batting line-up. And this is what helped his side defend the 187-run total. “Every batsman has a weakness and we tried to bowl according to that. We were waiting to get wickets that could change the nature of the game and we are glad we took wickets at the right intervals. It was a plan to york the players out. We were trying to contain them.”

It is just the beginning for Bumrah and he believes that he still has a long way to go. He claims he is someone who bowls with a lot of anger, which helps sway the results in his favour. But one thing that has stayed on in his mind is a message from Sachin Tendulkar. “Sachin paaji is always there to give us his inputs. He always tells me to back myself, which really helps me all the time.”

Apart from the Little Master, the young pacer is also delighted to rub shoulders with the likes of Zaheer Khan and Lasith Malinga. “Zak bhai and Malinga teach me to bowl according to various situations. While bowling in the nets, they always point out little things that can be worked on. It really helps. We also practice a lot in the nets for the death overs. We create certain situations in the nets and try to bowl accordingly, which helps during the match. It is a great exposure for me to play for a big team like Mumbai Indians and I am looking to make the most of it.”
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