Xtra Time Web Desk: India team pacemaker Jasprit Bumrah defended the batting drive on Sunday after the loss to New Zealand in the crucial 2021 T20 World Cup clash at Dubai International Stadium. The Indian batsmen, in order to give the bowlers a cushion, tried to make some attack shots but were unsuccessful.
“I think as a hitting unit, what we were trying to do is know that in the second inning the spray plays a huge factor. They tried to give us some protection, “Bumrah said during his post-match conference.
He added: “We wanted to get extra runs that could give us a lead in the second inning. I think that in that process we played a lot of attacking shorts, attacking options. That didn’t come out today. “
When asked how the players will cope with two heavy defeats, Bumrah said: “As an athlete, you face many days in cricket. Some days will be good and some days will be bad. What I try to do is not get too high when the good days go by and not go too low when the low days go by. All of these things are always an integral part of the life of a cricketer. Try to stay in the moment, analyze what went wrong, what went right, and try to move on. That’s the only way you can advance in this game. “
Bumrah was asked the obvious question about player fatigue given that they were in the bio bubble for so long and have been on the road for six months.
“Absolutely. Sometimes you need a break. Sometimes you miss your family. You’ve been traveling for six months. So all of that sometimes plays in the back of your mind. But when you’re on the field, you don’t think about all those things. No you control a lot of things, how the schedule unfolds or what tournament is played and when. So obviously staying in a bubble and being away from your family for such a long period of time also plays a role in the player’s mind, “he said. Bumrah.
Finally, when asked if Ravichandran Ashwin’s experience could have made a difference, Bumrah said: “In hindsight, we could say a lot of things. In hindsight, we wish we had scored a lot more runs, had a lot more terrain. But now looking at him, obviously, he’s an experienced bowler. Obviously, it adds a lot of value to the bowling attack every time it comes around. In hindsight, you could say that, okay, it could have made a difference, but it’s too difficult to judge that right now. “