Former head coach of Team India Ravi Shastri knew that Jasprit Bumrah He was desperate to play Test cricket as the fast bowler did not like to call himself a ‘white ball specialist’. Bumrah is the first Indian fast bowler to top the ICC (International Cricket Council) Test rankings. He took nine wickets for 91 runs in the match which helped India level the series 1-1 with the victory in Visakhapatnam Test. With this, this 30 year old player became the fastest Indian to take 150 Test wickets.
Ravi Shastri remembered the old days
Ravi Shastri, in an interview to former England captain Michael Atherton, writing for ‘The Times’, talked about his conversation with Jasprit Bumrah in which the fast bowler had told him that playing Test was the ‘biggest day’ of his life. ‘ will be. Shastri recalled, ‘I remember my first conversation with him in Kolkata in which I asked him if he was interested in Test cricket? Then he said that this would be the biggest day of his life.
Bumrah was hungry for test cricket
He said, ‘Without asking him, he was declared a white ball expert. But I knew and wanted to see how much hunger he has to play Test. I told him, be ready. I told him I was going to feed him in South Africa. Bumrah made his Test debut against South Africa in Cape Town in January 2018. Shastri said, ‘He is very excited to play and perform well in Test cricket.’
Bumrah was desperate to play test cricket
The former head coach refused to consider Bumrah as just a white-ball specialist for his stellar performances in the Indian Premier League for Mumbai Indians. He said, ‘He was desperate to play Test cricket with Virat Kohli. He knows that no one remembers the average of the white ball. People will always remember your numbers only in Test cricket. Shastri, who became the head coach after serving as the national team director in 2014, emphasized on focusing on team talent rather than individual talent during his tenure.
Kohli was an uncut diamond
Shastri described Kohli as an ‘uncut diamond’ and said that he had seen the potential of Indian captaincy in him right from the beginning. Shastri said, ‘There was a lot of individual talent but I wanted to see the talent of the team. I wanted to win and make Test cricket supreme and I recognized Virat Kohli as an ‘uncut diamond’. He said, ‘Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the captain and my eyes were on Kohli. I told him at the beginning of my second month that it will take time but be ready for captaincy.
Kohli has passion for test cricket
Shastri praised Kohli’s passion for Test cricket, his readiness for challenges and willingness to play challenging cricket. He said, ‘Kohli was completely busy in Test cricket. He was passionate. He was ready to work hard and play hard cricket, which matched my way of thinking. When you play against Australia or Pakistan, you should have one player who does not complain, does not make any excuses.