India’s premier pacer Jasprit Bumrah said he is being in the moment and not looking at the end result as India need 157 runs on the final day to win the first Test match of the series against England. The Baroda pacer narrowly missed a 10-wicket match haul as he finished with combined figures of 9/110 in the two innings.
After some lousy bowling early on, Virat Kohli called in Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami to exploit the new ball late on Saturday. The two responded impressively and cleaned England’s lower order under 30 runs. Bumrah started the proceedings by finding the edge of a well-set Joe Root (109). He finished with a fifer (5/64), the sixth of his Test career. He had dismissed four batsmen in the first innings.
During a press conference, Bumrah said that he hasn’t done any special preparation for the ongoing Test series against England, but admitted that little bit of mindset adjustments and staying in the present moment worked wonders for him after a disappointing WTC final against New Zealand.
“Not a lot of adjustments to be very honest, just the mindset adjustments. Probably not looking at the end result, being in the moment, trying to back your skills and enjoy the game of cricket,” said Bumrah at the post-day press conference on Saturday night when asked about his preparation after the WTC disappointment In the inaugural WTC final, which India lost by eight wickets to New Zealand, Bumrah had disappointing figures of 0/57 and 0/35.
“There are not a lot of changes that I have made and I am looking to do. I am just trying to improve my game all the time and trying to add new things, at the same time carrying the things that I still have,” added the speedster.
Bumrah said the visitors aren’t looking too far ahead and would concentrate on playing session by session.
“You know when you start playing the game of cricket, you have to believe in yourself that you want to win and play to win, but we don’t want to look too far ahead. We have got a good start and we just want to take session by session.
“We will go tomorrow morning with a good mindset and hopefully take things from there,” he said.
After bundling out England for a meagre 183, India rode on KL Rahul’s classy 84 and Ravindra Jadeja’s 56 to score 278 and take a valuable 95-run first-innings lead.
Despite skipper Joe Root’s stroke-filled 109, England were bowled out for 303 in their second innings, giving India a 209-run target to chase.
At stumps on the fourth day, India were 52 for 1, needing 157 more runs to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match Test series.
Bumrah also hailed star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, who created history by wining India’s first track and field gold medal at the Olympics in Tokyo on Saturday.
“We got to know about the news when we came inside for lunch. And we were hearing that he was in the finals, so congratulations. Just participating in the Olympics is a big achievement, representing your country a lot of hard-work goes there.
“And you get gold medal, first gold medal in track and field so, it is a big achievement. Proud of all the athletes who were there and whenever they achieve and whenever they represent the country, it is a great sign and we are very happy for them,” he signed off.