ICC WTC Final: Jasprit Bumrah recalls his bowling days as a youngster, says ‘I used to get angry left, right and centre’: All players have fables and memories in their build-up to the cricket career, and India’s speedster Jasprit Bumrah is no different. As India’s ongoing World Test Championship Final contest against New Zealand in Southampton is interrupted by rain gods, Jasprit Bumrah opened up reminiscing his days of cricket.
While known for his calm demeanour at present, Bumrah gets extremely furious from inside. The unique characteristic was reckoned by Bumrah amid the WTC contest surprised fans as India’s pacer doesn’t emote much aggression on the field.
“When I started playing cricket as a youngster, I used to get angry left, right, and center. I used to do all the gimmicks back then, and it never helped my cricket,” Jasprit Bumrah was quoted as saying by the ICC during the ongoing World Test Championship (WTC) final.
“Now, over the years, when I have played a good amount of international cricket, I have realised what works for me. I am smiling, but the fire inside is burning all the time,” added Bumrah.
“I realised what works for me. I am smiling, but the fire inside is burning all the time.”
— ICC (@ICC) June 22, 2021
ICC WTC Final: Jasprit Bumrah recalls his bowling days as a youngster, says ‘I used to get angry left, right and centre’
The lanky pacer feels his controlled aggression has fetched him wonders in his journey of being a professional cricketer.
“I don’t try to show (aggression), and it has helped me to succeed, and with that controlled aggression, I take my game forward,” said Bumrah.
ICC WTC Final: Surprisingly, the 27-year-old Indian pacer blurted out that he doesn’t have any role model, instead picks up inspiration from wherever he can.
“A lot of the game was self-taught. I always picked up inspiration from whatever I saw and wherever I go.”
“I never had a particular favourite but have followed a lot of great fast bowlers while growing up. Nowadays, when I meet them, I ask a lot of advice from them,” said Bumrah.
WTC Final: Bumrah invites praises from mentors and opposition
Even though Jasprit Bumrah expressed his love for bowling in the English weather, especially with the duke ball, his promising front with the ball didn’t show up in the ongoing Kiwis first innings of the WTC contest.
Unable to put a show with the ball, 11-3-34-0, he unintentionally did a misfield on the boundary following which he was found cursing himself with shrugged shoulders.
The repute, however, for the bowler is still sky-high who received flowery words not just from India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun, but also from Kiwis opener Tom Latham and skipper Kane Williamson.