It feels great to have him back in the side, says Jasprit Bumrah on Nehra's return to T20I

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It feels great to have him back in the side, says Jasprit Bumrah on Nehra's return to T20I

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SportsCafe Desk

10/06/2017

India pacer Jasprit Bumrah is thrilled about the return of veteran bowler Ashish Nehra to the T20I squad for the upcoming three-match series against Australia. Bumrah feels that his comeback will be extremely helpful for the young players and his experience would benefit the team in the T20Is.

38-year-old pacer Ashish Nehra has definitely been a surprise inclusion in the India squad for the upcoming T20I series against Australia, and India's current bowling sensation, Jasprit Bumrah, is keen to work with under his guidance. Speaking to PTI prior to the series opener, Bumrah said, "He's (Nehra) a very experienced player. I've played some cricket with him. I've played in World Twenty20 with him. It's really good to have him on the side."

"It's a lot of fun. He has loads of experience to share. He's very helpful for youngsters like me. The team's atmosphere becomes good when he comes to the side. It feels great to have him back in the side," said Bumrah.

The Mumbai Indians bowler feels that fitness of a player is crucial for his performance and a cricketer has this huge responsibility on his shoulders to stay in the pink of health and shield his career. 

"It's not only fast bowlers who need to put in an extra effort. Yes, they need to do extra sometimes, but in general, if you are not fit you won't be able to survive. It's the responsibility of the player to look after his diet and training because of the amount of cricket we have been playing nowadays, everybody has to be fit," said Bumrah.

The duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Bumrah played exceptionally well at the death overs and restricted the Aussies several times in the previous ODI series from crossing the threshold. The bowling combination of these two has become a strength of the Indian team with even the opponents applauding them. 

"We just want to improve ourselves every time, we keep asking questions to each other. We keep learning from the senior players on what else we can do and how to improve, how to adapt to different conditions and the wickets. The focus is on training. We don't focus on results. We want to get better every game," he said.

In March 2016, India had thrashed Australia by six wickets in the World Twenty20 and prior to that, they accomplished a 3-0 clean sweep Down Under in January. Lately, team India have been performing exceptionally well and have a 9-3 head to head record against them.

Bumrah, however, ensures that the team has focused entirely on the game up front and to play well, with records being the last thing on their mind. "We don't think like that. We only focus on the game. Every format requires a little bit of skill level. We want to focus on that and if we do our basics right, everything else is taken care of."

Virat Kohli's young side triumphed over Australia 4-1 in the five-match ODI series and would want to to have a perfect ending to the limited-overs series as well. "You do not need a drive when you're playing for India. Any match you love representing your country. You love playing for India. It does not matter what format you play, you have to adapt constantly."

When asked about what will be the change in his role of a death bowler in the T20 format, he stated that there will be hardly any change. "One-day and T20s are slightly different. In the situations where I bowl, in the death overs, it's very similar. You're hit over here as well as in ODIs. It's not too much of a difference," he said.

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