Jasprit Bumrah not worried about home streak, saying ‘played a lot of cricket in India’

Indian team leader Jasprit Bumrah has played down all talk of him playing a home Test series when the hosts face Sri Lanka. The 28-year-old said playing Test cricket was special for him, regardless of home or away games.

Bumrah has only played two of his 27 Tests in India so far. It has a stellar testing record in England, Australia and South Africa.

When asked how he was preparing for the home series against Sri Lanka, the speedster said where he played didn’t make much difference to him. He explained:

“Whenever I had an opportunity, I tried to do well. I played a lot of Ranji Trophy cricket, these conditions are not foreign to me. I played a lot of cricket in India, it’s why I was part of the test team.

Bumrah added that playing Tests is all about adapting to situations and conditions, saying:

“It’s always a special feeling to play Test cricket no matter where. I don’t watch a game and say I have to play overseas or I have to play at home. J tried to adapt, analyze the wicket and try to use it to my advantage.

The Test series, which begins on March 4 in Mohali, comes immediately after the T20I series, which ended on February 27. On the type of adjustments he is looking to make, Bumrah said:

“There are tactical adjustments. In test matches, you should cast longer spells and use fewer variations than you might use in T20s. The T20 format is a fast game. It’s all about endurance and patience here. Looking forward to making the tactical adjustments. As a professional cricketer, you have to be able to adapt to all of these things.

The pacer played two of the three games in the T20I series, claiming a wicket while being extremely economical.

“I will try to help Rohit in any way I can” – Vice Captain Jasprit Bumrah

Along with being the pace attack leader, Bumrah was also named vice-captain, with Rohit Sharma being elevated to captain.

On how his role will change with the added responsibility, the star point guard said:

“I don’t see it as a particular position – whether a spinner or a bowler or a batter is the leader. As a senior member of the team, you must help the players in any way possible. Obviously, it’s a great opportunity that presented itself and I’m very happy to do it. It depends on how you handle the situation and your tactical strength. I will try to help Rohit in any way I can and do my best in every capacity I can.

The first test between India and Sri Lanka in Mohali, which will be played behind closed doors, will be Virat Kohli’s 100th test. It will start on March 4.

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