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SOUTHAMPTON: Jasprit Bumrah added to his burgeoning popularity with a surprising opening spell, his first in a World Cup sport, in opposition to South Africa on Wednesday. As one of the marquee stars of the mega event, all eyes had been on Bumrah and the lanky pacer spoke back to the problem in a in most cases exact yet menacing approach.


Bumrah used the helpful prerequisites at the Hampshire Bowl to nice effect and had the two South African openers - Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock - again within the hut in no time. India did not look again from there.

Bumrah's meteoric rise within the last two years, all over which he has graduated from being an excellent limited overs bowler to being an impressive Test bowler, to being hailed because the "best" on the earth. His journey has been not anything in need of dramatic and the World Cup debut show added yet another chapter to his storied profession.

As one would expect, there were rarely any nerves and no effort to overdo the rest from India's pace spearhead. "I was not thinking that it was my first World Cup game. I treated it like any other game and focused on what I always do. There was a little bit of help for me and when you have that you don't need to do too much," he said after the event.

Bumrah comes throughout as a thinking and clever young guy who hasn't let luck go to his head. When requested if he was checking out different pacemen at the World Cup and attempting to learn the rest from them, he said, "You can learn from any bowler in the world, be it a first-class bowler or an international one. I always keep myself open so that I can add things to my armoury."

In the post-match media interaction, skipper Virat Kohli was effusive in his reward of Bumrah. "The way he's bowling right now, it's so good to see because you see batsmen literally clueless against him and he's rushing people."

Kohli pointed to Bumrah's dismissal of Hashim Amla on Wednesday for instance. "To be honest, I haven't seen Hashim get out like that in One-day cricket. He's been so dominant. He might play shots and get out, but to get guys out like that, rushing them a bit, I think it's a great thing and it's a testimony to Bumrah's hard work. He is very disciplined and is working really hard. He understands this is his time and he's making the most of it."

Asked the way it was to stand Bumrah within the nets, Kohli said, "One thing you know with facing Jasprit is you have to play good cricketing shots and you have to back your technique. Because if you are hesitant a little bit, he senses that and he's all over you. If he senses someone's not enjoying the short ball in the nets, he will make sure that guy gets it in that session. So what you see him bowling in the match, he bowls exactly like that to us in the nets. He doesn't care who is standing in front of him. He will bounce people, he will try to get people bowled, he will york people with the new ball and that's the reason for his consistency."

Virat added that it was in some way excellent for a batsman to stand any individual like Bumrah within the nets as it will prepare him for tough tests in a event situation. "For a batsman, it's beautiful to face a guy like that who bowls with match intensity. If you play well against him, you walk out with more confidence." Amla, who turned into Bumrah's first World Cup sufferer, acknowledged him as one of the best possible on the earth. " If you look around, Bumrah and Rabada (Kagiso) are the two best bowlers in the world today - good pace, accuracy and they can bowl at all stages of a game."

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