India’s Jasprit Bumrah opened up about his cricketing inspiration, attributing his mastery of yorkers to the legendary Pakistani bowlers, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.

He registered a match haul of nine wickets, leading India to a statement 106-run victory over England in the second Test of the five-match series.

Reflecting on his exceptional performance in India’s victory in Visakhapatnam, Bumrah reminisced about the decisive yorker that dismantled Ollie Pope’s stumps in the first innings.

Bumrah left Pope bewildered with a reverse-swinging yorker, sending his middle and leg stumps out flying out of the ground.

Speaking at the post-match presentation, Bumrah shared insights into his cricketing journey, emphasizing the pivotal role of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, and Zaheer Khan in shaping his bowling prowess.

“The yorker was the first delivery I learnt. While playing with the tennis ball, I learnt it. I saw on the television Waqar [Younis], Wasim [Akram], and Zaheer [Khan] execute it, and I learnt it,” Bumrah explained.

Remarkably, Bumrah emphasized that he no longer fixates on statistics, focusing instead on team victories. He acknowledged the weight of responsibility in guiding the younger players, underscoring his commitment to nurturing the next generation of cricketers.

Source: Cricinfo

“I don’t look at numbers. When I was young, I looked at numbers and got excited. But I don’t look at it now. It gives extra baggage. The important thing was to win, and I’m happy with it,” Bumrah affirmed.

Jasprit Bumrah also acknowledged his evolving role within the Indian pace attack. However, he does not consider himself the leader of the pack.

With the series levelled at 1-1, India and England will square off in the third Test at Rajkot’s Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium from February 15.

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