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I don’t try to over-teach: Jasprit Bumrah on coaching India’s young pacers

Jasprit Bumrah, considered a mentor to the new generation of Indian fast bowlers, says he never tried to

Jasprit Bumrah, who is considered a mentor to India’s new generation of fast bowlers, says he never tries to “overteach” youngsters and only helps when asked and avoids giving them bring information burden. | Photo credit: ANI

Jasprit Bumrah, considered a mentor to the new generation of Indian fast bowlers, says he never tried to “overteach” the youngsters and only offered help when asked and avoided giving them bring information burden.

The 30-year-old Bumrah will be a key player for India in the T20 World Cup in New York on June 1 and is also expected to be the guiding force for India’s pace battery, which includes relatively young and inexperienced players Mohammad Siraj and Arshdeep Singh.

“You don’t try to over-teach. That’s something I’ve learned,” Bumrah told the official ICC T20 World Cup website.

“Because whenever people need help, I let them ask their own questions … because you don’t want to give out too much information,” he said.

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Bumla said it’s important for young people to know their own path and not be overloaded with information.

“It’s not like they just got lucky and landed here. So that’s what I tried to do. I did pass on certain messages that I gained from experience,” he said.

“But I wouldn’t try to burden them with (too much) information. Because that’s part of the journey. You have to find your own methods and solutions,” he added.

Bumrah has been battling back injuries for the past few years, which even ruled him out of the 2022 T20 World Cup, but he managed to overcome it and performed well in the 2023 ODIs.

In that match, he captured 20 wickets at an average of 18.65 with an economy of just around 4. The taciturn pitcher said his focus since his return has been just enjoying the game.

“Because (certain) things are going to go my way. (Some) things are not going to go my way,” he said.

“All of these things are going to be part of my process. So I just realized I’m getting into this sport because I love it. I’m going to focus on it rather than the end result.

“So, in that respect, you reduce stress. And you enjoy the sport. When you focus on those things. Rather than those things that you can’t control,” he added.

Bumrah has 74 T20 international wickets, which puts him third in India’s history. As far as consistent yorker bowlers go, he is widely regarded as the best among the current crop of international pacers.

Australian star Brett Lee even said that Bumrah is the only pacer in the world who executes yorkers correctly.

Bumrah said his consistent yorker style is the result of years of practice.

“So growing up, I played a lot of tennis, rubber ball cricket. I used to play with my friends at summer camp,” he said.

“…I used to think that was the only way to get wickets. Because I was a fan of fast bowling. I was really fascinated by what I saw on TV. So I tried to replicate it. Yeah (tennis -cricket) is it a secret (for York bowling fans)?

“But repetition definitely is. Because I retain that expression. I still practice it. I continue to practice it. Because every skill you develop, you have to practice it and make it stronger. So I think A combination of the two will be the answer. India are in Group A of the T20 World Cup with Pakistan, Ireland, Canada and the United States. They will start their campaign against Ireland on June 5.

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