I am happy as far as I am able to contribute to the team’s success- Bumrah

the 23-year-old, who now ranks among the top ten quick bowlers in the world when numbers are taken into account from January 2016, and the No. 1 Indian pacer in the said period.
“As a bowler you have to constantly learn new things and that’s been my main aim all the time,” said Bumrah, following his maiden five-wicket haul that helped India clinch the ODI series against Sri Lanka. “This is my first visit to Sri Lanka and I have never played here so it is always a challenge to play in different conditions. And I look to do that and (keep) asking questions to seniors what experience they have gained for so many years. As a youngster you don’t know what place you have to go and learn. So the change that has come from experience is helping me as well.”
A bowling average of just a little over 21, a strike rate of just above 26 and an economy under five, Bumrah is the kind of well-rounded pace bowler that any team would love to possess, and India are putting his skills to best use while profiting hugely from it. That he has been able to adapt to different roles with little trouble has to do with the amount of practice that goes into honing his skills as well as possessing a wide range in his weaponry and a sustained attempt to keep expanding it. Evolution and adaptability are the key components that has helped Bumrah grow into a bowler of calibre in the limited-overs format.
“After a point, nowadays with technology coming into cricket, people start to analyse and if you only have one or two tricks people will start to line you up. The things you do early on people don’t know but once they start studying videos and know what to plan they know what to expect. So you have to keep on evolving and according to situations you have to adapt.
“Because if you are just a one trick pony that wont work for a long period of time. If you want to be successful you have to evolve according to the wickets and learn from all the experienced players and take the experience forward,” said Bumrah, stressing on the need to adapt and evolve to sustain success.
“Obviously, everything that you develop requires practice. Whichever delivery you want to learn, or situation awareness, everything comes from nets. If you bowl well in the nets, you have good confidence going into the game. Preparation is very important for me and it has always been throughout my career,” he added.
With eleven wickets in the three ODIs so far against Sri Lanka, Bumrah has spear-headed the Indian attack with aplomb. Be it opening the bowling, coming in first change or bowling at the death, the youngster has been able to switch seamlessly between different roles, and thus has played a crucial part in some of India’s recent successes. In the 19 innings that he has bowled for India till date, Bumrah has been used in different roles and seldom has he disappointed. With four or more wickets four times – the most by an Indian bowler who has played 19 ODIs – Bumrah’s proven credentials makes him a key member of India’s core that is being developed for the 2019 World Cup.
“I am happy as far as I am able to contribute to the team’s success. If the team wants me to bowl first-change, I am happy to do that. If they want me to bowl with the new ball, I am happy to do that. I have bowled with the new ball before when I came into the Indian team in the T20 formats. I shared the new ball with Ashish (Nehra) bhai. I think after a period of time you understand what to do with the new ball. I have been bowling first-change for Gujarat and in the IPL as well, I have got a little bit of experience there as well. It’s always good to contribute to the team’s success, be it with the new ball or the old ball,” said Bumrah.
All the knowledge that he has gained over a short span, Bumrah has put to good use and turned into a key competent in the limited-overs scheme of things for India. It’s how he carries on from here that would determine if he can attain greatness.
The cricketing world is rife with stories of youngsters who show plenty of promise only to fade away. At present, Bumrah is in the complete opposite direction. How long he can stay afar depends on how well he adapts and evolves to different set of challenges in the future.

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