Virat Kohli hails Jasprit Bumrah as the ‘most complete bowler in world cricket now’

India skipper Virat Kohli downplayed the captaincy record of becoming India’s most successful Test captain after 2-0 series against West Indies, stating that the collective effort of the team is what matters.

“Captaincy is just a ‘C’ in front of your name honestly. It’s the collective effort that matters,” said Kohli after India beat West Indies in the 2nd Test by 257 runs. ” It’s a by-product of this quality team that we have here, to be honest. If we didn’t have the bowlers that we have, I don’t think the results would have been possible,” said Kohli. The win ensures India maintain their top spot in the ICC World Test Championships with 120 points.

The skipper sounded confident of the Test outfit stating that the players have come up trumps when put under pressure and that has been one of the key factors in the team’s recent success.

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“I think that’s what Test cricket is all about, [and] that’s been our pattern and habit has been all about. When put under pressure, find ways to come out of those situations and really put the situation in your team’s favour and then capitalise when the pressure is on the opposition. I think we have done that really well. As a Test team, I think we are placed really nicely. [I am] very confident about how we are going about things,” Kohli said.

Jasprit Bumrah, who returned an impressive haul of 13 wickets at an average of 9.23 in two Tests, was hailed by Kohli as the ‘most complete bowler in world cricket now’.

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“When he [Bumrah] gets some kind of momentum, you can see what he can do in five-six overs with the new ball, which you saw in the first innings.” said Kohli, adding, “I haven’t seen many more lethal spells than that two spells in the last couple of Tests. As a batsman standing in slips, you can feel for the batsmen who’s playing him. He confuses them with angles, with swing, he will set up for the out-swinger and then bowl the in-swinger. It’s coming at pace and then he can hit you with bouncers as well. I think he’s the most complete bowler in world cricket now.”

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The skipper also lauded the efforts of Hanuma Vihari, who was adjudged the Man of the Match for the second Test for his tally 164 runs at the Sabina Park (111 and 53*), labeling him as the find of the series.

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“I think the find of the series was Hanuma Vihari. The way he’s batted under pressure especially, and on a much more challenging wicket here in Jamaica than in Antigua. I think his skill sets were outstanding. I think his temperament and technique were top-notch and he countered everything the opposition threw at him. Very, very pleased with the way he has come about,” added Kohli.