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    ‘Yorker is probably the first delivery I learnt’ according to Bumrah
‘Yorker is probably the first delivery I learnt’ according to Bumrah

‘Yorker is probably the first delivery I learnt’ according to Bumrah

Jasprit Bumrah was named the Player of the Match for his nine-wicket haul in the Visakhapatnam Test against England.

Jasprit Bumrah ended the Visakhapatnam Test against England with nine wickets - 6 for 45 and 3 for 46 - to help India level the series at 1-1. The yorker that swung into Ollie Pope and uprooted his middle and leg stumps in the first innings was the highlight of his performance.

After India's 106-run win, he said as a kid, the yorker was probably the first delivery he learnt because he came from tennis-ball cricket and he saw the legends of the game, Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram and Zaheer Khan. He saw them on TV bowling yorkers. He felt that was the only way to take wickets. So that was the first delivery he learnt. He kept it with him and he kept using it to his advantage and now even in Test cricket when wickets are off.

Bumrah has taken 36 wickets from six Tests in India, averaging 13.06 with a strike rate of 29.5, but said he's no longer focused on the numbers, because he used to look at the numbers when I was a kid, and he has already lot of pressure playing for India anyway. It doesn't really help when he takes that extra baggage.

Asked if he felt like the leader of India's attack, with far more experienced players like R Ashwin, Bumrah said that he is not the leader, but he felt he  had played a bit more cricket. There are a lot of new bowlers arriving, it's a constant transition. It's his responsibility to help them and guide them as much as possible.

Bumrah trapped Jonny Bairstow lbw in the final over before lunch and had Ben Foakes caught behind to complete India's fifty for the eighth wicket.

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