Bumrah says captaincy and coaching changes don't make much diference

Bumrah says captaincy and coaching changes don’t make much difference

The Indian team is going through a major change. Rahul Dravid replaced Ravi Shastri as coach recently. A new support staff joined. Virat Kohli is no longer the captain in any of the formats. KL Rahul will captain the side in the first ODI against South Africa on Wednesday.

Jasprit Bumrah, who will be vice-captain for the series, feels everybody is “quite positive” about the transition and nobody is in a “disturbed space”.

Change is the only constant – Bumrah asserts about the squad transition

“I can’t speak for everyone but for me, I can say that it [the changes] doesn’t really make a lot of difference,” Bumrah said in a press conference. “We all are here to help in however way we can, and I think that’s the way all the players are responding to the changes that are happening as well.

“Everybody is respectful, and they understand how the processes are going. Change is the only constant. I don’t think anybody is facing a problem or is in a weird space with the changes that are happening. Everybody understands the changes, everybody has played enough cricket to understand that this is the way the game goes and this is how you have to move forward. So everyone in the team is quite positive and quite eager to contribute and go about the changes.”

Kohli announced his decision to quit Test captaincy after the Cape Town Test. He may not be the captain anymore, but Bumrah believes he would always be a leader and his role going forward would remain invaluable.

Kohli brings a lot of energy to the side – Bumrah
“He [Kohli] told us in a meeting [after the third Test] that he is stepping down from Test captaincy,” Bumrah said. “It’s a personal decision and we respect his decision. He knows how his body is reacting and what frame of mind he is in.
 
“As I’ve spoken before as well, he brings a lot of energy to the side. He will always be a leader in the group. His contribution has been immense and will always be immense going forward as well.”
 
“He has captained for such a long period of time, so his assistance and his knowledge of the game will always be used by us as a team. So even now, he’ll obviously add inputs and he’ll always give his suggestions. That’s very important for all our players and we all look up to him.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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