Bumrah can’t wait to get stuck into England

India paceman Jasprit Bumrah may still be on the injury comeback trail but he is relishing the prospect of facing England away in the ultimate format of the game.

Bumrah has targeted the second Test against England at Lord’s, that gets underway on August 9, for his return from a thumb injury.

He will miss the opening match of the series in Birmingham having sustained the thumb injury during the T20Is in Ireland.

Bumrah has impressed in his short Test career to date and he has revealed that playing the longest format is the realization of a lifelong dream.

In an interview on the Mumbai Indians official website Bumrah said: “I enjoy playing each and every format but for me, Test cricket is at the paramount level because I feel everything is tested at that level.

“I always wanted to play Test cricket. I was happy when I finally got to play it in South Africa. The start also went well. I always loved Test cricket and I rate it very highly.

“Hopefully, whenever I play more, I’ll be able to do well and gain more confidence. So that will reflect on other formats as well. I don’t have any (other) personal goals. I take it one day at a time.”

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Bumrah is eager to see more of England than just its cricket grounds and feels that taking pleasure in touring helps players perform better on the field.

“You look to enjoy the country, you look to see the place,” he said. “That is how you get to know about the culture of the place, and you eventually start enjoying the country. It then reflects on your performance as well.

“Whenever I go to a new country, I always plan in advance. Before visiting the country, I have a look at a few videos. What works over there. What the home team does over there. It is very important for long tours to enjoy the country and see the places. So that’s the basic thing that I look to follow.”