The Men In Blue is all set to lock horns against South Africa in the 3 match ODI series. Jasprit Bumrah in his latest press conference said that he is ready and will be privileged to lead India if the selectors give him the opportunity. The leading pacer will be serving as the deputy of stand-in skipper KL Rahul in the upcoming ODI series.
A day after the loss in Newlands Test, Kohli shocked the cricket fraternity by hanging his boots as the Test captain. Who will be Kohli’s successor is definitely the burning question prevailing in Indian cricket. Amongst a lot of names, many are in favor of Bumrah being the new leader in Tests.
“Ready to do it if given an opportunity, but that’s something I don’t chase. In any leadership group, I always look at the situation in the same manner, not to take any extra pressure that now I have to be overcautious. Taking responsibility, talking to a lot of players, trying to help them out in the best possible manner has always been my approach and it will be my approach going further,” Bumrah stated.
Kohli is energy driven, says Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah also congratulated Kohli for his stint as the captain across all formats. The speedster made his debut under Dhoni but played the most part of his career under Kohli.
“He (Kohli) is energy-driven. He has brought a lot of changes to Indian cricket. He brought in the fitness culture. Everybody is heading in the same direction. Everybody got fitter. His contribution has been immense and it’s still immense. He is an important leader in the group. All look up to him.
It’s a personal decision. He knows how his body is reacting and what frame of mind he is in. We respect that. It’s been an immense pleasure to play under his captaincy. I made my debut under him.”
A lot has changed in the Indian dressing room. A change in captaincy across all formats, a new coaching staff to a series of mega ICC events in the current decade. To shed light on the current scenario in Indian cricket, Bumrah added,
“We understand the change and everybody is respectful (about) how the process is going. Change is the only constant. All of us have played enough cricket to understand that this is the way the game goes and this is how you have to move forward. Everyone in the team is quite positive and quite eager to contribute,” .
The Boland Park in Paarl will host the 1st ODI between India and South Africa on 19th January.
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