IND vs SL: Jasprit Bumrah terms first home fifer as contribution towards team’s success
IND vs SL: Elated India pacer Jasprit Bumrah who achieved his first five-wicket haul in Test match while playing in India, said it was a contribution to the team’s success.
On Day 2 of the ongoing second Test at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bumrah’s fifer bowled Sri Lanka out for 109. India has set Sri Lanka a massive goal of 447 runs, and the visitors are 28/1 at stumps on day 2 with 9 wickets in hand, requiring 419 more runs to win.
“It feels good… When you play all three formats, you have to look after your body and you sometimes miss out on the home Tests. This was an opportunity and to be able to contribute towards the team’s success is always a great feeling,” said Bumrah during a virtual press conference.
The pacer said the players should be ready for any new challenge that comes their way because of the difficult playing conditions in Bengaluru.
“You always play in different conditions, not every wicket will be the same. If there is some help for the bowlers, it gives you (the batsman) a lot of confidence. When you score runs on such a wicket,” said the pacer.
“Everybody is finding a way and looking forward to contribute. Because they know if they score good runs on a tough wicket. Then that will give them a lot of confidence. You will not get flat wickets everywhere you play. So whenever it’s a challenge, you are always looking forward to that challenge. Nobody is complaining about the wicket,” said the pacer.
Wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant surpassed former India captain Kapil Dev on Day 2. To set a new record for the fastest fifty in the longest format.
“Not each and everyone (can) play in the same manner. Every individual has a different game plan, so he has backed his strengths. Not every player in the team will play with the same tempo, we understand that. He is still getting more and more experience and learning about this game. That is his plan (attacking) going forward so that’s a positive sign for us,” said Bumrah.
To win the Test series 2-0, Indian bowlers need to take nine more wickets in three days. To come close to matching the massive goal set by the hosts. Sri Lankan batters will have to play out their skins.