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7:42 pm - Tuesday January 16, 2018

Confidence is not dented after a match: Bumrah

Agencies, Centurion

Despite a loss in the first Test of the three-match rubber in Capetown, India pacer Jasprit Bumrah believes the visitors will make a comeback in the series and the side’s confidence is still high.

Addressing mediapersons, Bumrah asserted that if a defeat dents the team’s confidence then it “does not deserve” to play the longest format of the game.

“Confidence is not dented after one match. If it happens, then you don’t deserve to play. Learn from the mistake you made and go forward. There is not a single cricketer who has not made a mistake,” said Bumrah.

The 24-year-old pacer, who scalped four wickets in first Test, said,”It was a first good Test and a good learning experience for me because I have never played over here in South Africa. So I had a lot of things to learn from it. Now it is time to move forward and focus on the second Test.”

Bumrah, who had debuted in the Capetown Test, further talked on playing the longest format of the game.

“It was not a dream debut. I was happy with whatever I learnt from that match. As a bowler you look to get the first wicket early and I got AB de Villiers. It was a happy moment, and from there on, we took a lot more wickets. As a bowler, my motto is not to get too excited and not to get too down after every match. I want to take confidence in to the next match,” he added.

Commenting on the last Test, Bumrah said,”We realized what mistakes we made in the first innings, so (on day four) we were trying to create pressure from both ends and focus on our lengths which were wrong in the first innings.”

“We just tried to correct them and not overdo things because over here when there is help from the wicket, you try to do extra but that won’t help. So we were just trying to be disciplined and stick to basics,” he said.

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