SA vs IND, 3rd Test: Jasprit Bumrah speaks on playing under Virat Kohli
On Day 2 of the SA vs IND, 3rd Test India pacer Jasprit Bumrah said it’s always a pleasure to play under Virat Kohli’s leadership because he provides a lot of energy to the team.
In the first innings, Bumrah got five wickets as India bowled out South Africa for 210 to take a 13-run advantage. In 2018, the Indian bowler made his Test debut at Newlands in Cape Town, and he returned four years later with five wickets.
“It was a dream come true for me to make my Test debut under Virat Kohli. He is constantly there to support us and provides a lot of motivation to all of the bowlers. He adds a lot of vitality to the side. It’s always a pleasure to work with him.”
“It’s been special because I began my Test adventure in Cape Town and then returned here, which makes me very happy. Personal performances are always fantastic, but giving impact performances gives you a greater sense of fulfilment” said Bumrah during a virtual press conference after stumps on Day 2.
SA vs IND 3rd Test, Day 3 Stumps: Bumrah, Pujara, and Kohli help the visitors fight back into the game;
On Day 2, India recovered some lost ground against South Africa thanks to Bumrah’s strong bowling effort, which was backed up by a tenacious batting performance by Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli. India’s score at stumps was 57/2, with the visitors having extended their lead to 70 runs. At the moment, Kohli (14*) and Pujara (9*) are unbeaten at the crease.
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“There is always a lot of noise, but whatever success occurs as a result is a bonus. So basically, I try to stick to a regimen and repeat it over and over. I’d get a wicket one day, then someone else would get the wicket the next. We want to focus on our routines as a group; there will be sceptics, but that is a decision that each individual must make. It does not help when I pay attention to outside noise. I strive to maintain control over what I can” said Bumrah.
“I made my Test debut on this ground when playing in South Africa, so it’s great to return to the place where I began my Test career. We were trying to concentrate on the game, on what we could accomplish, and everyone wanted to participate. We wanted to put pressure on them because we suffered an injury in the last game (Siraj). Everyone was fine here,” he added.