Jasprit Bumrah supports Mohammed Siraj to learn from mistakes of Rajkot T20I

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Jasprit Bumrah supports Mohammed Siraj to learn from mistakes of Rajkot T20I

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Jasprit Bumrah has backed debutant pacer Mohammed Siraj to learn from his mistakes and come good in the future after his failure to register a good performance against New Zealand in the second T20I in Rajkot. Bumrah has also added that it takes time for a bowler to adjust in a new team.

Virat Kohli handed the ball to Siraj in the second over of the game and the debutant ended his spells by giving 53 runs in allotted four overs. He got some relief when he sent the Kiwi captain Kane Williamson back to the pavilion, but it was not enough to stop the NZ batsmen from scoring.

“It’s okay, it was his first game. On a difficult wicket it’s always difficult [to bowl]. He’s coming into the new team, so it takes time for a bowler to adjust. He’ll learn,” said Bumrah as quoted by PTI.

Team India received a 40-run defeat against the Black Caps who levelled the three-game series at 1-1. With the help of the Colin Munro’s not out 109 runs, the visitors posted a huge total of 196/2. But still, Bumrah returned with an impressive figure of 0/23 and was seen discussing with the debutant during the latter’s spell.

“As a bowler when you get hit, you learn a lot. So I think after this experience he’ll be a better bowler when he comes into the next match. I was just saying that as a bowler when you get hit, you learn. It’s difficult because as a bowler, on this wicket, it was challenging and for a new guy to come in against such opposition it’s difficult,” he said.

“I was just trying to give him confidence, that it’s ok, every bowler goes for runs, you get hit. But this is how you’ll learn and you’ll come back, so I’m sure that whenever he plays more, he’ll be better than before. I think he’ll be better in the next match,” said Bumrah, who made his India debut against Australia in January 2016.

After losing the first T20I in Delhi, the visitors played aggressively in the second game as Munro and Martin Guptill built a partnership of 105 runs for the first wicket. Munro faced 58 balls in his innings and was lucky enough as he got lifelines when Indian players dropped his catches twice. The 23-year-old death over specialist appreciated Munro’s effort who batted throughout the innings to guide them to a colossal total.

“This was a difficult wicket because when we were bowling with the new ball, it was coming on to the bat really well and they had a good start [105-run stand between Munro and Martin Guptill for the first wicket].

“We were trying our best and Colin Munro was also going berserk and he was also a bit lucky as well because one or two catches here and there would have been different,” he said.

“In this format you are never surprised because on a given day, any batsman can give you... So he was a bit lucky as well, we dropped a few catches. I’m not taking credit away from him, he played really well. He’s done well in the CPL and all the leagues so he had a little bit of experience in that, so he played well,” the Ahmedabad-born bowler added.

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