Vastavam web: India couldn’t have hoped for a worst start to a long South African sojourn but pacer Jasprit Bumrah today asserted that if one debacle dents the team’s confidence then it “does not deserve” to be play Test cricket.South Africa outplayed India by 72 runs inside four days in the opening Test in Cape Town to claim a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The second Test is scheduled to start here on Saturday.”It was a first good Test and a good learning experience for me because I have never played over here in South Africa.
So I had a lot of things to learn from it. Now it is time to move forward and focus on the second Test,” Bumrah said on Thursday.”It was a happy moment, and from there on, we took a lot more wickets. As a bowler, my motto is not to get too excited and not to get too down after every match. I want to take confidence in to the next match,” he added.Bumrah had a mixed first outing at Newlands. He was taken for runs in the first innings at a time when India needed to keep South Africa quiet, but roared back to form in the second innings and triggered the hosts’ 8-65 collapse on day four.”You get a fair idea about where to bowl and what kind of lines to bowl. It’s been good so far. I am still learning and hopefully in the further matches, I will be able to do better,” said Bumrah.
Bumrah said he prefers to not have any notions about the surfaces he bowls on. he also acknowledged that Indian bowlers erred in reading the bounce in the South African first innings, which yielded 286 runs for the hosts.”We realized what mistakes we made in the first innings, so (on day four) we were trying to create pressure from both ends and focus on our lengths which were wrong in the first innings.The Gujarat pacer said he was not nervous when his debut cap was handed to him.
“It’s not like I was playing a first First-Class game in my life. I have played a lot of four-day games. So my basic plan was to go inside, get a feel of the wicket and make changes accordingly.” “He has seen me since the time I walked in as an Under-19 boy at the NCA where he was the coach. He knows me and gives me good advice. He knows my bowling and as a player it is good to have a coach who knows my strengths and weakness,” he said.