Ace India pacer Jasprit Bumrah put on a stellar show in Nottingham to give India an upper hand in the first Test against England. The fast bowler was at his very best and picked up a five-wicket haul in the second innings to peg England back.
Ahead of the series, Bumrah was not in the best of form and went wicketless in the World Test Championship (WTC) final. Even before the WTC as well, Bumrah had not enjoyed great success and was very inconsistent. Going into the series, India was concerned about the form of Bumrah. However, the pacer stepped up to the occasion big time and picked up nine wickets in the match. But what did Bumrah change that helped him find his form back? Bumrah revealed he did not make any changes to his bowling but was a lot more positive and was not concerned about the results.
“Not a lot of adjustment, just the mindset adjustments, probably not looking at the end result and just being in the moment and trying to back our skills. Not a lot of changes that I have made, I am just trying to improve my game and add a few things,” said Bumrah during a virtual press conference held at the end of Day 4.
A masterclass from Joe Root put England in front but a great comeback by Bumrah and co. got India back at the top. The hosts were bowled out for 303, giving India a target of 209 to win. India ended Day 4 at 52-1, requiring another 157 runs to win. The match is tantalizingly poised and both teams will step on the park on Day 5 with a belief that they can pull this off. Bumrah said the team is not looking too far ahead and would take the game forward session by session.
“When you start to play the game of cricket, you have to believe in yourself, that you want to win and play to win. We don’t want to look too far ahead. We are off to a good start and would look to play session by session with a good mindset tomorrow and take things from there,” concluded Bumrah.