Rohit Sharma is a reassuring captain: Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah and Rohit Sharma have played together since 2013. © AFP

Jasprit Bumrah has credited Rohit Sharma for the space he gives him on the field, when leading Mumbai Indians and India, whenever Virat Kohli has been rested.

Bumrah’s association with India’s limited-overs vice-captain, dates back to 2013 when he made his IPL debut for Mumbai Indians. The two have been a feature of India’s ODI and T20I teams since Bumrah made his India debut in January 2016, and Rohit was part of India’s Test XI when Bumrah earned his first cap in January 2018. (READ MORE: BCCI to keep a watch on Bumrah s workload with World Cup in mind)

“He’s seen me before I was an India player and he’s seeing me now. He’s seen phases that I’ve been through,” he told the Times of India. “The thing with Rohit is, he’s never been different with me. He used to back me with a lot of space then and he does it now. He’ll come, ask me what I see or believe in, set the field accordingly and then keeps backing me up all the time. Some days it works, some days it doesn’t but it’s always so reassuring.”

In seven ODIs when Rohit has led India, Bumrah has claimed 12 wickets at 20.16 apiece while conceding runs at 4.04 an over. In five T20Is under Rohit, Bumrah has four wickets at 6.88 per over.

Bumrah also singled out India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun and former New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond, the bowling coach at Mumbai Indians.

Bharat Arun
Bumrah on Bharat Arun: “When he saw me, his first reaction was – you don’t need to change anything about your action.” AFP

“Bharat Arun has known me since my Under-19 days. When I went to the National Cricket Academy (NCA), that was the first time he saw me,” he said. “Usually, when a coach sees a bowler for the first time, there’s bound to be some discussion on technique. In my case, there was going to be all the more reason, given the focus around my action. But when he saw me, his first reaction was – you don’t need to change anything about your action.

“His thinking was – if we ask the boy to change his action even minutely, we won’t know what we’re going to lose. Just allow him to be and it’ll only make him stronger. I didn’t work much with him after that for a while until I made it to the Indian team.

“Then, at Mumbai Indians, I came across Shane Bond. I had come back from injuries and was looking to find my feet again and a kind of a new journey began with him,” he said. “I developed a good rapport with Bond. You should ask him the number of questions I used to go to him with, all the time, asking him (how) I could add variety to my bowling. What am I lacking right now? What are the deliveries, lengths I should try exploring? New ball, old ball – what line should I be bowling? The different surfaces and what it would take to adjust to them. There would be never-ending questions. The idea was to keep improving all the time.”