'I don't get carried away by applause and criticism' - Jasprit Bumrah after match-winning six-fer against England

'I always focus on trying to do what I can do,' Bumrah said.

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Jasprit Bumrah celebrating Liam Livingstone's wicket
Jasprit Bumrah celebrating Liam Livingstone’s wicket (Photo Source: Twitter/BCCI)

Jasprit Bumrah wreaked havoc against England in the ODI series opener when he stormed past the English batting lineup and ended up with six wickets under his belt, bagging them within just 7.2 overs. While the pacer’s performance was lauded by one and all, he mentioned that he never gets carried away with either the praises or opprobrium.

While Bumrah scalped six wickets, he was joined by the other pacers on his side- Prasidh Krishna and Mohammed Shami, who picked one and three wickets respectively as England’s batting lineup crumbled like a cookie, for a mere 110 runs. In response, skipper Rohit Sharma and his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan finished off the chase in just 18.4 overs to win the game by 10 wickets.

“See, it was a good day and then you get applauded. But I am the type of person who does not get carried away by applause and criticism. Today was a good day, but I do not think about where I am at in each format, I always focus on trying to do what I can do. Very grateful for the applause you get, but I always try to keep a stable head,” said Bumrah during a press conference.

I try to focus on my own evaluation and my preparation: Jasprit Bumrah

During the contest on Tuesday, former English skipper Nasser Hussain, while commentating, called Bumrah the best all-format bowler in the world currently. Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar agreed to Hussain’s views and heaped praises on Bumrah after his game-changing spell. But the stylish pacer said that he does not let either the criticisms or the praises have an effect on his performance.

“I always like to stay in the present, these days there is outside noise, too many opinions. There can be confusion that can get created, so I try to focus on my own evaluation and my preparation. If I tick all the boxes, what I can do, I do that and I accept the result that comes after. I try to remain consistent and that gives me stability,” he added.

India is now leading the three-match series by 1-0 and would look to clinch a victory in the second match to seal the deal.

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