India skipper Jasprit Bumrah on Saturday said that if a player plays with the baggage of expectations on his head, it will obviously create a lot of pressure so he was very happy that the younger crop of players in the national team are not carrying that additional weight on their shoulders which could be a hindrance towards fulfilling their true potential.
“If you play with a baggage of expectation, you are under pressure. You have to keep those expectations aside. You are not doing yourself 100 percent justice if you are playing with so many expectations,” Bumrah said after his side defeated Ireland by 33 runs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 3-match series.
“It is tough to pick an XI. It’s a great headache to have. Everyone is eager. Everyone is confident. All of us wanted to play for India. Eventually, everyone has to work their way up. If you play with a baggage of expectation, you are under pressure. You have to keep those expectations aside. You are not doing yourself 100 percent justice if you are playing with so many expectations,” he added.
The skipper would also play translator to player of the match Rinku Singh, who scored a blistering 21-ball 38.
“I am feeling very good. I was trying to do what I have done in the IPL. I was very confident and tried to stay calm,” the Kolkata Knight Riders player said.
“I listen to the captain. I am feeling very nice. I have been playing for 10 years. All my efforts have borne fruition. I am happy to get the Man of the Match award in my first game,” he said when Bumrah asked him playfully if he listened to the captain.
In the match, batting first, India posted a commendable 185 for 5, riding on vice-captain Ruturaj Gaikwad’s 58 off 42 balls, Sanju Samson’s 40 off 26 deliveries and Rinku’s entertaining knock.
In reply, Ireland were restricted to 152 for 8 with Prasidh Krishna taking 2 for 29 while Ravi Bishnoi scalped 2 for 37. Skipper Jasprit Bumrah had figures of 2/15.
For Ireland, Andrew Balbirnie scored 72 off 51 balls.