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England wickets are flattest for white-ball cricket: Bumrah

He said when they play in England the Indian bowling unit is always ready for the worst case scenario, and if some help is available, they treat it as bonus
Jasprit Bumrah speaks at a press conference after attending a training session ahead of their ICC Cricket World Cup match against Afghanistan at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton, England, on June 20, 2019.

TT Bureau   |   Calcutta   |   Published 20.06.19, 10:36 PM

Jasprit Bumrah on Thursday said the pitches in England used for white-ball cricket are the “flattest” he has ever bowled on as there is rarely any movement in the air or off the pitch.

Bumrah busted the myth about English conditions and tracks during an interaction with the media in Southampton.

“Whatever white ball cricket I have played so far, I felt the flattest wickets are those in England. There’s no help for the bowlers on these tracks,” he said.

“You see cloud cover and feel that the ball will swing but neither there is seam movement nor there is swing,” said Bumrah.

Bumrah said when they play in England the Indian bowling unit is always ready for the worst case scenario, and if some help is available, they treat it as bonus.

“You have to rely a lot on your accuracy and clarity. So that’s what we try to do. We know that wickets are flat in England and while bowling, we take that into consideration as the worst possible scenario. So if there is a bit of help, then adjustment becomes easy,” he said.

Bumrah, who bowled a lethal first spell against South Africa in India’s World Cup opener, feels the track at Southampton was a decent one first up but strokemaking became easier once the two new balls got a bit old.

“In the first game that we played here, there was some help with the new ball but it was a decent wicket. But as soon as the ball got older, it became better to bat on… Oval was a batting wicket, where you saw 350 being scored,” he said.

Bumrah feels that it is better to analyse the wicket on the match day and decide accordingly.

“But you don’t focus on these things. You see on a given day, what works for you. So quickly analyse the wicket and see if there’s no help, you go back to your strengths,” he said.

“When sometimes there is help, you try to swing the ball and take some wickets,” said the pacer, who has taken five wickets from three games so far in this World Cup.

Bumrah also said opening the bowling with Mohammed Shami will hardly make a difference as all three (Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shami and him) have bowled together a lot of times.

Vijay Shankar faced an injury scare after being hit on toe during Wednesday’s training session but Bumrah said there was nothing to worry.

“We don’t obviously want to injure the batsman... Sometimes, when you play in the nets, nobody tells the batsmen not to hit. So they hit as well. It was unfortunate that he (Shankar) got hit. This is part and parcel of the game. But he is okay, he is fine,” the pacer said.

Shankar did not bowl or bat during Thursday’s practice session but was doing a bit of running drills, along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar who has tightness in his left hamstring.

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