SA v IND 2018: Jasprit Bumrah says, "The game is still in balance"

Bumrah also praised AB de Villiers' knock.

Jasprit Bumrah | GETTY

Indian speedster Jasprit Bumrah is just playing his second Test and has managed to impress with his quality bowling. In the second innings of 2nd Test between India and South Africa, he helped the tourists to put early pressure on Proteas batting.

Bumrah still thinks the match is in balance. "The game is still in balance. We will look to create pressure tomorrow and pick up some early wickets," he said in the post-match conference.

Talking about his early blows to South Africa, he said, "We wanted to keep things simple and build pressure as a unit. We wanted to build pressure from both ends, thinking if we dry up their runs they will have to make some opportunities. So we were just focusing on creating pressure. That was helping us and that was our basic game." 

Indian skipper Virat Kohli was seen in a heated conversation with the match referee. Bumrah revealed that wanted to carry on at that moment and hence, Virat was unhappy.

"When we came, the outfield was wet so the ball went to the boundary sides and it got wet. So we asked the umpire, the ball is still getting wet, what do we do. We want the ball to be dry. The ball was swinging a little bit so the field being wet, both sides of the ball got wet and the ball didn't swing anymore. We were just having a word with the umpire that the ball is wet so the ball won't swing anymore. We were having a chat about what could be done in that situation," he said.

"We were carrying a good momentum and we wanted to carry on. It's okay, we never get too disappointed because there is still lot of play is left in the match. We don't get too disheartened that this didn't happen. We wanted to carry on but the things didn't work out so its okay," Bumrah added.

Bumrah called bowling against AB de Villiers challenging and he praised the South African for doing well everywhere.

"It is always very challenging and AB is a world class batsman, everyone knows that. He has proved that over the years and he has done well everywhere. He is a great player and to do well against him always gives me confidence. I look at it as an opportunity and learn from it," said the Indian pacer.

The pacer also lauded Indian skipper and said it was an important knock for the visitors. 

"It was a very important innings and he has always done well wherever he has gone. It was very important for us and it is good that the captain is leading from the front and taking responsibility," Bumrah said.

Talking about the missed chance of Dean Elgar, when Parthiv Patel failed to go for the catch, Bumrah said its all part and parcel of the game

"You cannot be too hard on them because a lot of the game is still left. We cannot make fun of them or make them under pressure because we have to forget the catch and move forward now." Bumrah said, signing off.


By Sihyeu Prakash Singh - 16 Jan, 2018

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