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U19 World Cup star Naman Tiwari credits ‘inspiration’ Jasprit Bumrah for craft of accurate yorkers

Pace sensational Naman Tiwari thanked Jasprit Bumrah after his recent success in the U19 World Cup. The 18-year-old bagged 10 wickets in five matches as India qualified for the finals. Ahead of the summit clash against Australia, Naman revealed that he spent a lot of time with Bumrah at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), where he learned the art of bowling accurate yorkers.

Apart from the star India pacer, Naman also mentioned bringing Shoaib Akhtar’s pace, Dale Steyn’s swing and current Australia quick Mitchell Starc’s aggression into his game. Speaking about Bumrah, the youngster mentioned that the Ahmedabad-born pacer is a “source of inspiration” for him as he watched a lot of his videos of the cricketer to learn about fast bowling. 

“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 was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

Also read: The yorker is probably the first delivery I had learned: Jasprit Bumrah

“He explained a lot, 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. 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.

Asked my father to give me three years’ time to prove myself in cricket: Naman Tiwari

Naman revealed that his father wasn’t very supportive during the initial years of his career. The pacer added that his father wanted him to focus on his studies but in return, the youngster asked his father ti give him three years to prove himself. Adding to that, the pacer added that his family is now very happy seeing him succeed.

“Papa always told me to focus on my studies. I was in seventh standard and wanted to play cricket. I asked my father to give me three years’ time to prove myself in cricket. My family is very happy with my success today. Papa calls me every evening. Seeing them happy makes me feel very good that I did not disappoint them,” he mentioned.

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