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"His tips worked a lot..": India U19 star Naman Tiwari spills beans on Jasprit Bumrah's tips

Published at :February 9, 2024 at 2:58 PM
Modified at :February 19, 2024 at 4:37 PM
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Naman Tiwari has picked 10 wickets in five games thus far in ongoing ICC U19 World Cup for Indian team.

India’s rising U19 star Naman Tiwari credited his success to tips from pacer Jasprit Bumrah and revealed his aspiration to bowl the fastest ball in the world. Tiwari, who comes from Lucknow, has troubled batters with his yorkers and speed, grabbing ten wickets from five games so far, including two four-wicket hauls.

Naman Tiwari, a left-arm fast bowler who is making waves in South Africa in Under-19 World Cup, has found Bumrah’s advice at the NCA in Bengaluru to be quite beneficial.

“Bumrah is a source of inspiration for us. I watch his bowling videos a lot. I have met him several times at the NCA and talked to him a lot about the mentality and skills of a bowler. He explained a lot [of things to me], which have been useful. He told me how to bowl accurate yorkers, and I have worked a lot [on that aspect] following his advice. I have to work hard to bring more aggression in my bowling,” Tiwari told PTI.

Started playing cricket as a batsman: Naman Tiwari

Tiwari added that he like Shoaib Akhtar’s speed, Dale Steyn’s swing and Starc’s aggression and watches a lot of videos of these bowlers.

I try to learn something from every bowler I like. I try to understand and learn by watching his [Bumrah’s] videos. I like Shoaib Akhtar’s speed, Dale Steyn’s swing and Mitchell Starc’s aggression very much,” he added.

Tiwari originally wanted to become a batter but fewer opportunities turned him to bowling. Tiwari’s aim is to become a lethal fast bowler and play Test cricket for India.

“I started playing cricket as a batsman but I was not getting many chances. That’s why I started bowling at an academy in Lucknow. Since I am left-handed, I became a left-arm fast bowler.

One day I want to bowl the fastest ball in the world. I also want to play the World Cup with the senior team. But, for now, I have to focus on performance. I want to continuously improve my game because the challenges will be even bigger in the future and I will have to prepare my base to face them,” he signed off.

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