Jasprit Bumrah might have had an impressive debut for India in the first Test against South Africa at Cape Town, but it wasn’t a happy debut, as India lost the Test by 72 runs. Bumrah ended up with 4 wickets to his name in the Test, including that of AB de Villiers, as his first Test wicket.
Before the start of the second Test on Saturday, Bumrah talked to PTI about the experience of playing his first Test.
“Confidence is not dented after one match. If it happens, then you don't deserve to play. Learn from the mistake you made and go forward. There is not a single cricketer who has not made a mistake," asserted Bumrah.
"It was a first good Test and a good learning experience for me because I have never played over here in South Africa. So I had a lot of things to learn from it. Now it is time to move forward and focus on the second Test," Bumrah said on Thursday.
"It was not a dream debut. I was happy with whatever I learnt from that match. As a bowler you look to get the first wicket early and I got AB de Villiers. It was a happy moment, and from there on, we took a lot more wickets. As a bowler, my motto is not to get too excited and not to get too down after every match. I want to take confidence in to the next match," he added.
Talking about playing on South African wickets for the first time, Bumrah said, "It's always challenging whenever you come to a new country. The wickets are different and the weather is different. So it's always good to face new challenges. As you play more and more, you get to know a lot about the wickets. You get a fair idea about where to bowl and what kind of lines to bowl. It's been good so far. I am still learning and hopefully in the further matches, I will be able to do better."
Talking about the time he came to know that he was going to make his debut, Bumrah said, "There was a general discussion that I would play the match. So I started talking to our bowling coach what kind of things I should do, what kind of wickets are over here and what should I expect."
Bumrah credited the help of Indian bowling coach B Arun, someone who knows him from his junior days and has worked with him since that time.
"He has seen me since the time I walked in as an Under-19 boy at the NCA where he was the coach. He knows me and gives me good advice. He knows my bowling and as a player it is good to have a coach who knows my strengths and weakness," he said.
(With inputs from PTI )