Bumrah keeping it simple ahead of India’s T20 World Cup campaign

New York, June 1 (UNI) India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has opened up on his comeback from injury, how repetition is the key to his yorker prowess and why he prefers to keep a simple communication channel with his younger teammates.

The right-armer has made a successful return from injury in recent times and is hoping to keep that momentum going during the T20 World Cup.

Bumrah is seen as a major key in India’s quest for a second ICC Men’s T20 World Cup title in the USA and West Indies this month, with the right-armer making a seamless return from a serious back injury over the last 12 months.

Bumrah sat out of international cricket for a considerable period between 2022 and 2023 and it forced the fast bowler, hailed as one of the finest to play for India, to miss the most recent edition of the T20 World Cup in 2022 and other important fixtures.

However, the star bowler made a comeback in August last year, with a T20I series against Ireland, and hasn’t looked back since.

He was one of the best performers in India’s run to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 final, picking up 20 wickets at an average of 18.65 with an economy bordering merely four, an ICC report said.

Having returned just months before the global mega event, Bumrah focused on a simple philosophy that helped smoothen his comeback.

“Since I have come back from my injury, I have only focused on enjoying the game as much as I can,” Bumrah added, trying to focus on the process rather than the uncertainty surrounding the game.

“Because certain things will go my way. Certain things will not go my way,” he said.

“All of these things will be a part of my process. So I have just realised that I started playing this sport. Because I love this sport,” Bumrah said.

“And I will focus on that rather than the end result. So in that aspect you reduce your pressure. And you enjoy the sport,” he said.

“When you focus on those things. Rather than the things you cannot control,” Bumrah said.

Bumrah’s 74 T20I scalps place him in third position in India’s all-time T20I wicket-taker list.

Much of his success in the format can be attributed to a pinpoint yorker, capable of breaching through the batter’s defence in no time.

To explain the discovery of this wicket-taking option, Bumrah went back to his childhood, explaining how he developed the yorker while playing tennis-ball cricket.

“So I played a lot of tennis-ball, rubber-ball cricket when I was growing up,” Bumrah said. “I used to play a lot with my friends in summer camps. And on summer vacations. Or whenever you used to get a lot of time.”

“So when I was a kid, I used to think that this is the only way to get wickets. Because I was a fan of fast bowling. I was really fascinated by what I saw on the television,” Bumrah said.

“So I tried to replicate that,” he said.

Bumrah revealed that repeated practice has helped him hone this skill to near perfection.

“Is it (tennis-ball cricket) a secret (to bowling yorkers) or not? I don’t know,” Bumrah queried.

“But repetition surely is. Because I have kept this delivery. I still practice it. I keep on practicing it. Because every skill that you develop, you have to practice it and make it stronger. So I think a combination of both would be the answer,” he said.

Having debuted for India in 2016, Bumrah is the senior-most pacer in the T20 World Cup squad.

He’s leading an attack with the likes of Mohammed Siraj and Arshdeep Singh with support from all-rounder Hardik Pandya.

Despite being a senior hand, Bumrah believed in giving youngsters like Arshdeep their own space and letting them go through their own journey within the team setup.

“You don’t try to over-teach. That is something that I have learned,” Bumrah said. “Because whenever people need help, I let them have their own questions.”

“Or if they need my help. Because you don’t want to give too much information,” he said.

Bumrah contextualised his approach by stating that learning a skill is part and parcel of the game.

“It’s not like they have just been lucky and they land here. So that is what I try to do. I do pass on certain information that I have gained over from my experience,” he added.

“But I don’t try to burden them with (over) information. Because that is a part of the journey as well,” Bumrah said.

“That you have to find your own ways and solutions,” he said.

India are in Group A of the Men’s T20 World Cup 2024, along with Pakistan, Ireland, Canada and the USA.

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