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'Everyone's in good nick' - Bumrah upbeat about India's prospects in semi-finals
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'Everyone's in good nick' - Bumrah upbeat about India's prospects in semi-finals

Jasprit Bumrah believes India are spoiled for choice to pick their best possible line-up for the semi-final clash against New Zealand at Old Trafford on Tuesday as every player is exhibiting quality performances in the ongoing World Cup.

Bumrah himself has been in the midst of a supreme run of form having already taken 17 wickets in the tournament emerging as the spearhead of his side's bowling attack.

He had a fruitful outing once again during India's thumping seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka at Headingley helping his team to the number one position in the points table setting up the semi-final against fourth-ranked New Zealand.

India's surge to the top spot was also aided by the fact Australia suffered a narrow 10-run defeat at the hands of South Africa demoting them to the second position meaning Aaron Finch's men will take on hosts England on Thursday.

Rohit Sharma, meanwhile, registered a record to his name by becoming the first cricketer to score five centuries in a single edition of the World Cup, taking his tally of runs to 647 in the tournament.

India skipper Virat Kohli has showcased unwavering consistency striking five half-centuries in eight innings and Bumrah said the team management have a tough task at their hands choosing the perfect playing XI.

"Everybody's had a good run here. It's been a good campaign for us," Bumrah said after reaching the landmark of 100 ODI wickets on Saturday.

"Everybody has chipped in with wickets and with the bat. There's a healthy competition.

"It's a good headache to have when everyone's performing and everyone's in good nick and that's something you love to have going into a crucial game like next week's semi-final."

'I don't take praise or criticism seriously'

Bumrah's pace bowling partner Mohammed Shami has also performed exceptionally well registering 14 wickets in merely four games including a memorable hat-trick against Afghanistan.

The 25-year-old refused to take the sole credit behind India's bowling success in the tournament and lauded his teammates for leading a team effort to tame oppositions.

"I don't take praise or criticism seriously," said Bumrah. "The only focus for me is on my preparation, my execution and what I can do for the team.

"You see Hardik Pandya taking wickets, you see Mohammad Shami taking wickets and I've also taken wickets, so that's the positive for us going forward."

Bumrah's unparalleled ability to nail in yorkers with pinpoint accuracy with both the new and old ball provides him with an added layer of potency.