New Delhi. England batsman Jonny Bairstow on Tuesday heaped praise on Jasprit Bumrah, saying the Indian pacer has “superb skills” for all three formats. Bumrah returned to form by taking 9 wickets in the drawn first Test against England (India vs England). Bairstow said in an online press conference organized by broadcaster Sony ahead of the second Test, ‘I can’t tell you all the things that happened between us (about Bumrah), see we know that Bumrah has great skills, is it so? Not there?’ Bumrah could not take a single wicket in the final of the World Test Championship against New Zealand and India lost the match.
Bairstow said, ‘Bumrah uses the crease with his action and we all know this. His action and run up is a bit different. He said, ‘Bumrah has played only 20 (21) Tests. Looking at the previous series, 6 of them have played against England, so there comes a time when the bowler adjusts and changes his skills in certain situations. Bairstow said, ‘We have to give credit to Bumrah, he is a world class bowler, we have seen him in IPL, ODI-T20 cricket for India and also in Test cricket.’
Will Bairstow ‘attack’ Team India?
Bairstow, the 31-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, who has played 75 Tests since his debut in 2012, said his attitude against the Indian fast bowlers would depend on the pitch. He said, ‘It will depend on the pitch, whether the sky is cloudy or sunny, we saw in the first test that the conditions were changing and the floodlights were lit when the sky was cloudy and the situation changed again when the sun came out.’ He said, ‘My attitude will not change much compared to the last match. I haven’t played a lot of red ball cricket lately because of schedules and other things, so if I continue with the process of the first Test, I would like to go ahead with that attitude. Bairstow said that coordination is important in Test cricket. Bairstow said he expects an “exciting battle” between veteran pacer James Anderson and India captain Virat Kohli throughout the series.