Jasprit Bumrah, who will be leading Team India against England in the rescheduled fifth Test scheduled to be played on July 1,  remembered the words of former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who had no captaincy experience but went on to achieve great success as a leader.

“The taste of success feels good when there is pressure. I am always up for responsibilities and I love to be in tough challenges. As a cricketer, you always want to test yourself in deep waters. I have spoken to many cricketers. Everybody improves and keep getting better,” he told the reporters on the eve of the game.

“I remember speaking to MS (Dhoni), and he told me that he never captained any side before he led India for the first time. Now, he is remembered as one of the most successful captains of all time.

“So, I am focusing on how I can help the team and not focusing on what I have done before or how the cricketing conventions or the rules have been set.”

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The 28-year-old was named the skipper on Thursday after Rohit Sharma returned another positive test for COVID-19, ruling him out of the game. He became the only fast bowler after Kapil Dev to lead India’s Test side. 

“Representing India in Tests was always a dream for me and this opportunity to lead the side is the biggest achievement of my career. I’m very happy that I’ve been given this opportunity. I have had immense faith in myself.

“In every scenario, I have trusted my instincts that have taken me to this level in cricket and I will keep doing that, going forward. Nothing changes for me, especially my role. That’s what I am going to do as the captain of the side,” Bumrah said.