Indian paceman Jaspreet Bumrah has made no special preparations for the Test series against England but admits that he has only benefited from a change of mood and attitude after the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand. Prior to the series, Bumrah failed to take a wicket in the WTC final in Southampton, but he bowled brilliantly in the first Test against England, taking 4 for 46 in the first innings and 5 for 64 in the second innings.
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Asked about Bumrah’s preparations for the Test series, he said, “To be honest, there is no need for much change, just a little change of mind. It is probably about living in the present, relying on one’s skill and enjoying the cricket without focusing on the outcome. India lost New Zealand by eight wickets in the WTC final. Bumrah gave up 57 runs in the first innings and 35 in the second innings, but he did not get a wicket.
After completing the fourth day of the first Test against England, Bumrah told reporters: ‘I have not changed much and do not want to do so. I am always trying to improve my game and add new things to it. With that, I want to keep up with what I have now. India still need 157 runs to win the first Test with nine wickets in hand.
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Bumrah said the team is not looking too far ahead and wants to move from session to session. “When you start playing games you have to believe in yourself that you want to win and play to win, but we don’t want to look too far ahead,” he said. We started well and want to move from session to session. After dismissing England for 183 in the first innings, KL Rahul 84 and Ravindra Jadeja’s 56 helped India to a lead of 95 runs. Despite skipper Joe Root’s 109, England were able to score only 303 in the second innings, giving India a target of 209. At the end of the fourth day, India were 52 for one wicket and 157 runs away from the target.