Nagpur (Maharashtra) [India]22 SEPTEMBER (ANI): Indian star batsman Suryakumar Yadav confirmed on Thursday that Pacer Jasprit Bumrah is fit and ready to play the second T20 of the three-game series against Australia.
At the pre-match press conference on the eve of the second T20 game with Australia, Suryakumar highlighted the pacemaker’s fitness. Bumrah was not part of the starting XI for the first T20 at Mohali.
Bumrah had been sidelined through injury and had rehabbed at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) before being selected for the Australia series and World Cup squad.
“Bumrah is fit and ready to play in the second match,” said Suryakumar. The second T20I against Australia takes place in Nagpur on Friday.
Suryakumar credited the Australian team for beating in the first T20I and said there was a dew factor.
“We didn’t sit down to discuss the bowling performance seriously, but as you saw in the last game, the match went to the very end and there was a lot of dew. The Aussies batted nicely too, credit to them. We’re trying our best,” he said.
Suryakumar also explained Rohit’s lively gestures on the pitch, mentioning that such incidents are necessary to keep the pressure off.
“There’s a lot of pressure on the pitch, so a little laughter is needed to normalize the situation. Jokes like that are necessary,” explained the batsman.
Defending the team’s attacking approach, he said: “Assessing the pitch is very important. Everyone knows their responsibility and their role in the team. The opening players know their role. After the opening players, the middle order knows their role. Everything is going well. We’ll try to do the same thing again.” To shed some light on his batting style, the batsman said, “I have a very flexible batting style, I plan for every situation. The preparations were very good. Everyone plays their part very well, and whenever I get to batting, I fulfill my part.” The hitter defended the performance of bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Harshal Patel, saying that the bowlers’ slower balls are still deceptive and not are easy to get.
“Bhuvi and Harshal slower balls are deceptive and very difficult to come by. Harshal has just come back from injury, let’s back off a bit.” (ANI)