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India vs Australia: Jasprit Bumrah excited to pair up with 'helpful' Ashish Nehra

India will play the first of the three T20I matches against Australia on Saturday

Utathya Nag utathya10 7 October 2017, 10:45 PM
Ashish Nehra in action vs England

Ashish Nehra in action vs England Image: AFP

India's pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah welcomed the return of veteran Ashish Nehra to the squad, saying the left-arm pacer brings with him a bag full of experience.

Addressing reporters ahead of the first T20I between India and Australia at Ranchi, Bumrah expressed his eagerness to pair up with the left-armer again. "He's a very experienced player. I've played some cricket with him. I've played in World Twenty20 with him. It's really good to have him in the side," the 23-year-old said.

"It's lot of fun. He has loads of experience to share. He's very helpful for youngsters like me. The team's atmosphere becomes good when he comes to the side. It feels great to have him back in the side," the youngster added.

On having established himself as India's premium fast bowler in the limited-overs formats in a short time, Bumrah said, "When you are playing for India, you don't need any kind of (extra) drive because you are very happy."

"Any format, you love representing your country. Whenever you are playing for India, you have a responsibility, you have to live up to it," said Bumrah, who is currently the world No 2 bowler in T20Is.

With India set to play six One-day Internationals (ODI) and nine T20 Internationals this year, Bumrah along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar is expected to carry the lion's share of the workload in the pace bowling department.

Explaining their strategies ahead of the games, Bumrah who have formed a lethal opening and death bowling combo with Bhuvneshwar, said, "We just want to improve ourselves every time, we keep asking questions to each other. We keep learning from the senior players on what else we can do and how to improve, how to adapt to different conditions and the wickets."

"The focus is on training. We don't focus on results. We want to get better every game," he added.

After comfortably pocketing the ODI series 4-1, India will look to extend their dominance over the Aussies in the three 20-over games. The first match will be hosted at the Jharkhand Cricket Association (JCA) International Stadium on Saturday.

(With inputs from IANS)

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