Death bowling a little difficult in any situation: Bumrah backs Umesh after 1st T20I loss

first_imgJasprit Bumrah backed Umesh Yadav after the latter failed to defend 14 runs in the final over of the first T20I against Australia that led to India losing the match by 3 wickets at the at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. Australia won a last-ball thriller scoring two runs off the last ball to take an unbeatable 1-0 lead in the two-T20I series.”It always goes both ways. When you bowl a last over in a close game, it is sometimes 50-50. You try your best, you’re always clear in your execution, some days it works, some days it doesn’t. Nothing to be worried about.Yes, we wanted to close the game in our favour but it’s okay, this happens as death bowling a little difficult in any situation,” Bumrah said at the post-match press conference.Bumrah had bowled an exceptional penultimate over, where he gave away just two runs and picked two wickets on the last two deliveries to put India in a solid position ahead of the final over.Bumrah spoke about what went through his mind before he bowled that genius over that left everybody in awe of his skills.”Not a lot, just focussing on what my strengths are and what the wicket is because the wicket was a little difficult to bat on, it was not a wicket you could score heavily on, to play big shots on this sluggish wicket was a little difficult. So I was just figuring out what my options were and was looking to execute them,” Bumrah said.advertisementBumrah conceded that around 140-145 would have been a good target to give to Australia in Vizag considering that the wicket was sluggish. He said MS Dhoni tried to take the team to a fighting total and India almost pulled off a victory.”We almost pulled out this game as well but on this wicket, around 140-145 would have been a very good score because as I said, over here there was low bounce and it was difficult to hit big shots so it’s always difficult on these kinds of wickets to chase total.”We were trying our best. We were just trying to figure out. He [Dhoni] was just trying to take the game deep and trying to get us to a safe total. I think we tried, we were short by 15-20 runs but still gave us a fighting total. We had something we could fight on so I think that was the plan he was trying to execute.”We always knew going into the game that what is our batting line-up. We wanted that everybody would have taken a bit more responsibility but these things happen in a game of cricket. We tried our best, we lost 2-3 wickets more than we wanted but ya, we back our team and we wanted to execute with whatever we had.”Bumrah was happy for KL Rahul as the opener hit a half century upon his return to Team India after the Koffee with Karan controversy.”It’s always good when you’ve got good competition in the team. He looked the best batsman today I feel because he was playing with a lot of composure, he started off playing good shots and he was playing conventional shots. It’s always good when a player like him is back in form.”Also Read | MS Dhoni picks up Mayank Markande wrong-un while batsman could notAlso Read | During 2-minute silence in honour of Pulwama martyrs, Virat Kohli gestures crowd to actually stay silentAlso Read | Bumrah, Krunal extremely hard to get away: Maxwell after match-winning knock in 1st T20IAlso Read | We were not up to scratch: Virat Kohli after 3-wicket loss vs Australia in 1st T20Ilast_img read more