'She had tons of tips and tricks for him' - Sanjana Ganesan reveals Jasprit Bumrah's mother's reaction after captaincy appointment
Jasprit Bumrah is the fifth different Test captain to lead the Indian side in the last eight months.
BCCI, on Thursday (June 30), cleared the air regarding the team’s captain for the rescheduled fifth Test against England by appointing Jasprit Bumrah for the role as Rohit Sharma has been ruled out from the all-important clash. Meanwhile, the Indian pacer’s wife, Sanjana Ganesan, has revealed his family’s reaction to the news of his appointment as captain.
Notably, Rohit was in contention to play the match even after testing positive for Covid-19 during India’s warm-up game, but a positive RAT Test on Thursday meant that the opener would take no part in the Edgbaston Test. Bumrah is the first Indian fast bowler to lead India in Tests since Kapil Dev in 1987.
While the Indian spearhead was relishing the opportunity to lead the side in an epic finale against England, his mother was overjoyed with the news and suggested a few tips and tricks to the 36th Indian Test skipper. Sanjana Ganesan revealed Bumrah’s mother’s love for the sport and her feelings of pride for the pacer’s achievement.
“She’s very excited. She’s always liked to see him do well because he loves the sport, and she’s seen the entire journey he’s gone through to get to where he is. She was ecstatic when she found out. She had tons of tips and tricks, even though she’s never played cricket herself! As a mother does, she told him, ‘This should be how you think, and this should be what you do’. It was very nice to see, and she was very happy and proud of him,” Ganesan spoke to ICC.
Jasprit Bumrah is proud and very happy about it: Sanjana Ganesan
The Indian pacer’s better half also suggested that Bumrah is a bit nervous before taking over the reins but he has had time to absorb the news. “[Bumrah] got a lot of time to absorb and understand that this was happening. He’s proud and very happy about it. I don’t know if there are a few nerves, but he’s had enough time to absorb it all,” added Ganesan.