England’s head coach Brendan McCullum has made a statement regarding Jasprit Bumrah. He praised Bumrah’s lethal spell in the second test match, stating that his team will need to find a way to deal with the Indian pacer. Jasprit Bumrah troubled England’s batsmen with his exceptional bowling in the first innings of the second test match, but head coach Brendan McCullum hopes his players will devise a strategy to counter the threat posed by the experienced Indian fast bowler. Bumrah rattled England’s batting lineup, claiming six wickets for just 45 runs in the first innings, pushing them onto the backfoot. England’s first innings was restricted to a mere 253 runs. McCullum, a former New Zealand captain, himself was known for his aggressive batting style.
When asked about dealing with Bumrah in the upcoming three matches of the series, McCullum stated that his team does not rely on principles but will try to find a way. McCullum told ESPNcricinfo, “We don’t really operate on principles. We’re making sure our guys stay in the present and trust their processes. They’re better than me at this and they’ll work out the best way to deal with it.”
McCullum added, “His approach might be completely different. We’ll see what we can achieve. For now, we need to appreciate Jasprit’s performance; his spell (in the second test’s first innings) was outstanding.” Appreciating Bumrah’s talent, McCullum said, “He has the ability to bowl in every situation. The ball is more dangerous when it swings. He’s a fantastic bowler. He swings it both ways and generates a lot of swing from the air.”
McCullum labeled Bumrah as an outstanding bowler, stating, “There’s no doubt he’s a very good bowler, but we’ve faced many good bowlers in the last 18 months. We’ve found ways to combat them, and we’ll do the same here.” McCullum mentioned that the series being level at 1-1 after two test matches indicates that they are still in the contest. He said, “We’ve played some good cricket in the last two test matches. Yes, we lost the second test, but we were successful in winning the first match.”
The England team has returned to Abu Dhabi after the second test in Visakhapatnam. They will arrive in Rajkot on February 12th ahead of the third test starting on February 15th. McCullum mentioned that the team won’t have an extensive practice session in Abu Dhabi as they had before the India tour. He said, “There won’t be full-on training there. Our players worked hard, and then we traveled to India. There were two different test matches, and it’s a chance for us to get away from the heat. I was talking to Rahul Dravid, and he mentioned that all his players are going home. Our home is a bit far, so we chose Abu Dhabi, and we’ll enjoy time with our families. Then when we reach Rajkot, we’ll work hard.”