Jasprit Bumrah has always bowled with full intensity, regardless of the conditions. He is considered India’s deadliest weapon due to his unwavering commitment. However, on one occasion, Bumrah contemplated not giving his 100%. As he prepares to make his international comeback, this anecdote by R Sridhar has remained largely untold.
Bumrah has hurt his back multiple times, possibly due to his unyielding approach, even during Test matches in India. Despite this, he has always pushed himself to the maximum, until this one instance. In this rare moment, Bumrah doubted his ability to perform at his usual high level.
I AM PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY EXHAUSTED: BUMRAH
Sridhar, in his book ‘Coaching Beyond‘ wrote:
”Sir,’ Jasprit started, slightly hesitantly, ‘The wicket is absolutely placid, and there is nothing in it for the faster bowlers’. One of Arun’s many strengths is his willingness to listen. He knew that he wanted to tell him something but was unsure how to go about it. But instead of forcing his hand, Arun allowed things to play out naturally. Bumrah, of course, had been the star of India’s win in the previous Test; he had been our best bowler throughout the series, as a matter of fact.”
“‘I (Bumrah) am very jaded, Sir, physically exhausted and mentally drained,’ he went on. ‘That’s where I am at, personally. There’s nothing at stake so far as the series is concerned. The track is docile. It’s more or less certain that this game will end in a draw?’ After this elaborate build-up, the coin finally dropped. ‘So what I will do, Sir, is I’ll bowl a little slowly. I won’t go flat out. I’ll bowl well within myself and take out this Test.'”
Sridhar further added.
This surprising revelation sheds light on a new side of Bumrah, who is known for his fierce competitiveness. It is a reminder that even the most talented athletes can have moments of doubt and vulnerability. As he returns to the international stage, all eyes will be on him to see if he continues to give his all, no matter the circumstances.
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