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Accuracy is the key on unhelpful English wickets, says Bumrah
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Accuracy is the key on unhelpful English wickets, says Bumrah

Jasprit Bumrah says accuracy is the key on unhelpful English wickets as his side plot on how keep the opposition quiet.

The 25-year-old paceman, who has an unorthodox bowling action, said pitches in England didn’t assist the fast bowlers as much which forced the bowlers to work hard for their wickets.

"England has the flattest wickets. I felt England is the most difficult place for a bowler. There is usually no help," Bumrah said ahead of India's clash against Afghanistan.

"You feel that the ball will swing in cloudy conditions, but the ball doesn't swing or seam. At that time you rely on your accuracy."

'Dhawan's exit unfortunate'

Bumrah is likely to share the new ball with Mohammed Shami after Bhuvneshwar Kumar was ruled out for two or three matches following a hamstring problem picked up in the Pakistan game.

"We're just focusing on our strengths. When I'm bowling with Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar), we're discussing that," said Bumrah.

"I've played with Shami before, the three of us have played before too. We're just focusing on what we have to do, it doesn't affect us."

Shikhar Dhawan's exit during the tournament with a fractured thumb is a massive blow for India.

But Bumrah said India had a quality back-up in Rishabh Pant who was roped in as replacement for Dhawan.

"Obviously it's unfortunate. He played a really good innings against Australia, he's a very important member," said Bumrah.

"But we've got a lot of faith in ourselves, we've got a good balance. We are not worried about the changes. The people who come in as replacements are also equally good and they can take care of the situations."