Jasprit Bumrah Talks On Taking Up The India Test Captaincy

Jasprit Bumrah Talks On Taking Up The India Test Captaincy

The fifth test between India and England begins today at Edgbaston. It is expected to be a thrilling contest as a lot has changed between the two teams since they played the fourth test. For the new readers, the test series between India and England was called off after the fourth test as covid cases were detected in the Indian contingent. India were leading the series 2-1 at that time, riding on some inspiring performances by KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma. The bowling unit too was pretty impressive, with Bumrah and Siraj running in quick and delivering at the right length. 

But it’s the new year and plenty of changes have occurred. Virat Kohli and Joe Root are no longer the captains. In fact, Rohit Sharma, who was supposed to captain India in this test, has been ruled out. Rohit Sharma tested positive for Covid-19 and was battling a race against time to be deemed fit. Unfortunately for Indian fans, Rohit has not yet recovered. In his absence, Jasprit Bumrah will lead the Indian side. Bumrah has never captained in First-Class cricket or IPL. Understandably, it comes off as a bold decision by the management to hand over the captaincy to Bumrah.

Pujara was one possible choice for the captaincy, but his reputation has taken a hit ever since he has been out of form. Rishabh Pant, who has captained Delhi Capitals, was another possible choice too. Bumrah spoke in the conference about his captaincy role, and how he would like to lead his side.

Bumrah Takes Inspiration From Dhoni For Captaining India

“You always want responsibility, right? You play cricket for that responsibility. When there is pressure the taste of success feels good. That is why I am always up for responsibility. I love to be in the tough challenges, and this is no different. Every time a new challenge comes, you are always excited and you want to test yourself in deep water. This is no different.

Everybody improves and keeps on getting better as they do it. I have spoken to MS – he told me that he straight away captained the Indian team, he had never captained anywhere else. He is one of the most successful captains ever. I am just focusing how I can help the team, not focusing on what I have done before or what I want to do before or how things work or this is the way the cricketing convention works or this is how the rules have been set. I am focusing on how to help the team and I will try to contribute to the best of my ability.”

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