DHARAMSALA: Jasprit Bumrah’s selection in the South Africa-bound Test squad is a lesson for all youngsters that hard work always pays off, said Indian skipper Rohit Sharma.
A limited overs regular, Bumrah earned his maiden call-up in the Indian Test team as the fifth specialist pacer, who is expected to add variety with his ability to bowl yorkers.
“It is a great boost for him (Burmrah) to be a part of the Test team. He is looking forward to it. For a while, he was wanting to be the part of the Test team. It is all the reward for what he has done in the ODI format and the T20 format,” Rohit said when asked to comment about his IPL teammate.
“And over the last year or so, how he has improved himself, on his bowling and fitness as well. It is a lesson for many cricketers that if you put in the hard yards, you will get rewarded. And Bumrah has been rewarded for the things he has done in the past few years,” Rohit was effusive in his praise.
Bumrah is considered as one of the most revered death bowlers in the world currently and his skipper feels it is his ability to come up with new strategies in difficult situation that makes him so successful.
“He has played with me for MI and I have only seen him grow every game. Every series that he has played he has come up new strategies, new plans. It is good to see he has matured as bowler now,” Rohit said.
“He understands what he needs to do and what team expects out of him. He is a very focussed guy, very disciplined in terms of his work ethics. This is what is giving him the results on the field.”