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India vs West Indies: Jasprit Bumrah eyeing further improvement in Test cricket after flying start

Jasprit Bumrah has taken 61 wickets in just the 12 Tests so far at an average of 19.31 after making his debut last year in South Africa.

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Kingston Published on: September 02, 2019 11:41 IST
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Jasprit Bumrah eyeing further improvement in Test cricket after flying start

Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who is having a sensational run in the West Indies, believes that he has got a great start to his Test career but still has a lot to learn in the coming days.

On Saturday, Bumrah picked up a hat-trick enroute his career-best Test haul of 6/27 as the West Indies were bundled out for just 117 in the first innings of the second Test in reply to India's 416.

He is yet to open his account in the second innings with India in the driver's seat, having reduced the hosts to 45/2 after setting an improbable target of 468 at the Sabina Park.

"If we win the match, I am fine even if I don't get a wicket. My aim is to contribute towards the team's success, be it taking wickets, creating pressure, in whichever way I can contribute... that is the way I go forward," Bumrah told reporters on Sunday after the day's play.

Bumrah has taken 61 wickets in just the 12 Tests so far. His career average in the longest format has dipped below 20 -- 19.31 to be exact, which speaks volume about his wicket-taking ability and also how much importance he holds for Team India in their aim to become world champions in Test cricket.

"I have just played 11-12 matches. I am learning a lot and have a lot to learn in the coming days as well. I have to play matches in India," Bumrah said.

"I have got a good start to my Test career, but I will try to gather as much experience as I can and will work on things which can help me to get better," he added.

The 25-year-old, who has taken 12 wickets in the ongoing Test series against the Windies, credited the experience he gained in England bowling with the duke ball for his recent success in the Caribbean islands.

"I played a lot of cricket in England. We played a lot of Test matches, so over there we bowled with the duke ball. There is a lot of movement with the duke ball so you get a lot of confidence bowling outswing, inswing or whatever that you are trying. So that experience helped me here," Bumrah said.

He also praised skipper Virat Kohli for the trust he has put upon him.

"When the captain gives you a lot of confidence, it gives you a lot of self-belief. When you bowl, you can express yourself, you can try whatever you want to do," Bumrah said.

"Not only me, but each and every bowler is being backed by him (Kohli) so much. As a bowling unit, we are very happy as we have the freedom to do what we want," he added.

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