Team India experienced a wonderful opening to its World Cup 2019 campaign, winning by 6 wickets against South Africa at The Rose Bowl, Southampton. Jasprit Bumrah, a World Cup debutant, set the tone for India's six-wicket victory in the opening round against South Africa with his mean opening spell of fiery fast bowling. After South Africa elected to bat first in what was already their third game of the tournament, India's new-ball bowler took out the dangerman Quinton de Kock and the reliable Hashim Amla in his first three overs.
His figures at the end of the opening spell read: 5-0-13-2 with 23 dot balls in it. Bumrah ultimately finished the game with 2 for 35 and no more wickets, but set the pace early as South Africa failed to recover from the early jolts and, mesmerized by Yuzvendra Chahal, were restricted to just 227 for 9.
I tried to focus on what I always do
Bumrah could have hardly asked for a better way to start off his World Cup journey, and yet the seamer was just relieved to help India open with a win. His match figures were the most economical ten-over spell in the edition so far, but he noted that not allowing the magnitude of the occasion get to him was what helped him deliver in bowler-friendly conditions.
"I wasn't thinking about this being my first World Cup game, I was thinking of it as just another game of cricket," Bumrah said after India, finally, launched their World Cup campaign in Southampton on Wednesday (June 5). "I tried to focus on what I always do. It was nice to have little bit of help [from the pitch]. When you have some help, don't try to do too much. Just bowl good hard lengths, that was the plan and I tried to stick to it.
Bumrah stated that they were just thinking about their strengths as a bowling unit. He noted that the pitch was just assisting a little and they were taking that to their advantage. "We were just thinking about what our strengths are and what we could do as a bowling unit. The pitch offered a little help, so we were trying to use that to our advantage,” added Bumrah
"You always want to start well in a big tournament like this. When you do, it's a positive for the team and you don't have to play catch-up. If start is slow, you are always catching up, but we prepared well and it's very satisfying to start with a win," he concluded.