India vs England - "Biggest Achievement Of My Career": Jasprit Bumrah On Being Named Captain
Jasprit Bumrah will lead Team India in the rescheduled Test against England after Rohit Sharma tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday morning once again.
So, it will be pacer Jasprit Bumrah who will be leading Team India in the rescheduled fifth Test against England, beginning Friday at Edgbaston, Birmingham. Rohit Sharma had tested positive for COVID-19 during the warm-up fixture against Leicestershire and he has failed to recover in time for the crucial encounter. Hence, for the first time since 1987 (Kapil Dev), a pacer would be leading India in Tests.
Bumrah attended the press conference on Thursday and he spoke about his emotions on getting a chance to lead the country.
"It is a big achievement, big honour. It was my dream to play Test cricket. It is a big achievement that I have gotten the honour to lead the country, it is the biggest achievement of my career. I am very happy," said Bumrah during the pre-match press conference on Thursday.
"I never thought about where I stand in the pecking order, what people think about me. I always focused on what I can do, I always back my self-belief. I believe in basics and this is what I will keep following," he added.
Further talking about Rohit, Bumrah said: "Rohit is obviously a very important player, we will surely miss him, it is unfortunate that this has happened and he is missing out. In terms of team combination, you have to wait till tomorrow."
Speaking about learning from seniors and captain he has played under, Bumrah said that he tries to learn from others but backs his own instincts.
"Obviously, these are the legends of the game (MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, and Rohit Sharma). They have contributed a lot to Indian cricket and they are doing till now. I always try to listen to everyone's advice, I try to learn from them but eventually, what your instincts tell you, and in the end, your own way cannot be the same as everyone else. I always try to keep learning but in the end, what your instincts tell you and what you think is the right call, I try to do that. I have played under many seniors, and always look to learn.
"There has not been any captain that I looked up to, when I was a kid, I was just a fan of fast-bowling," he said.
India Test squad: Jasprit Bumrah (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant (wk), KS Bharat (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohd Shami, Mayank Agarwal, Mohd Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Prasidh Krishna