'It's always good to play under him' - Jasprit Bumrah heaps praise on 'motivating' skipper Virat Kohli

Jasprit Bumrah stresses working on the process for his success against South Africa.

Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah
Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo by MARCO LONGARI/AFP via Getty Images)
Manoj Kumar
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Jasprit Bumrah finally was rewarded with a five-wicket haul for all the hard work he has done in the South Africa tour so far. Despite being amongst the wicket at times, and troubling the batters consistently, Bumrah was yet to bring his best.

In the ongoing Test in Cape Town, he picked his seventh five-wicket haul in just 26 Tests. After taking the big wickets of Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram, the Indian seamer cleaned up the tail.

Bumrah got the new ball moving both ways and was on the money straight away. He hardly bowled loose deliveries and kept hitting the right lengths. He could not get a better captain than Virat Kohli for motivation who loves his bowlers and credited the skipper for the support he has shown so far. Bumrah made his Test debut in the same ground three years back in 2018, and he has had a meteoric rise in all the formats since the tour.

Jasprit Bumrah feels the five-wicket haul is special to him

Bumrah hailed his skipper hugely for the amount of backing he has got since he made his debut under Kohli and revealed that he cherished playing under him. He explained the energy that Kohli brings to the table and relive the memories from his Test debut in Cape Town three years back.

“I made my Test debut under him. It’s always wonderful that he is there to back us. He always gives lot of motivation to all the bowlers. He brings a lot of energy to the side. It’s always good to play under him. A bowlers development also depends on how the bowler works hard as well.”

“It’s special that I started my journey over here and came back here and played a Test match and picked up a 5-wicket haul. Personal performances are good, but when you make an impact and the team wins, that gives you more satisfaction,” Bumrah told to press at stumps on day two.

Bumrah explained that he wasn’t much frustrated after the second Test despite ending up on the losing side and added that he did not change much in his game plans. He was quite happy to keep working on the routines and focused a lot on the present.

“Nothing extra special. Out of the ordinary. I was just focusing on what I had to do. I was just focusing on my processes. Nothing out of the ordinary. I was not giving any extra attention. I was not really too angry. I was just focusing on what I had to, be in the present and tried to focus on what I had to do,” he added