Champion fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has said that the Indian batsmen would look to bat one session at a time and approach the innings with a positive mindset but without being reckless as they aim to overhaul Australia’s first innings total of 195 and build a first-innings lead but the pace spearhead added that the team is not looking too far ahead just yet.
After having suffered a humiliating eight-wicket defeat at the Adelaide Oval, India came roaring back on the opening day of the Boxing Day Test.
Backed by attacking captaincy by Ajinkya Rahane and hostile bowling by Jasprit Bumrah (4/56), Ravichandran Ashwin (3/35), and Mohammed Siraj, who claimed two crucial wickets, India knocked over Australia for a mere 195 before knocking off 36 of those runs for the loss of one wicket at stumps.
“We are not looking too far ahead. We are looking at one session at a time. We don’t want to be conservative in our mindset and be positive. Control the controllables. Not being reckless but playing with confidence will be the motive going forward,” Jasprit Bumrah said after the 1st day’s play.
Ajinkya Rahane took everyone by surprise when he introduced Ravichandran Ashwin in the attack in as early as the 11th over of the innings.
The move paid rich dividends as Ashwin bowled like a dream, claiming two wickets in the form of Matthew Wade and Steven Smith before the Lunch break.
Explaining the move, Jasprit Bumrah said that it was due to the presence of moisture in the pitch and also the fact that Ashwin is at the top of his game currently.
“When we were bowling in the morning there was some moisture on the wicket, so you saw Ashwin and Jaddu (Ravindra Jadeja) got some spin,” Bumrah said. Because we wanted to make the most of the moisture, we were trying to use them, he (Ashwin) was getting good bounce,” he added.
He further revealed that there were constant discussions between the bowlers and Ajinkya Rahane throughout the day besides adding thar they subtly changed the line in the post-Lunch session as the moisture in the pitch had dried, making it pretty good for batting.
“There was constant discussions going on between bowlers and the captain. The wicket changed after the first session. It got better to bat on in the second session and moisture went away.
“We were just trying to communicate what kind of lines we wanted to bowl so that we can set the field accordingly. When there was less help, we tried to change the line accordingly,” he said.