SA vs IND: When playing for country, you are not going to back down- Marco Jansen on altercation with Bumrah

SA vs IND: When playing for country, you are not going to back down- Marco Jansen on altercation with Bumrah

South Africa left-arm seamer Marco Jansen opened up on his duel with India pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah in the recently-concluded Test series, saying there were no hard feelings because they were acting in the heat of the moment.

Bumrah and Jansen were part of the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 but, both players were involved in a heated altercation in the 2nd Test. Jansen reciprocated Bumrah’s short balls by peppering bouncers at him before both got involved in a heated exchange during the second innings at Johannesburg. Bumrah then reacted with a stare after dismissing the SA pacer in the first innings of the third Test.

“Obviously, it felt good to have gotten a chance in the Test team and then to contribute to the side’s cause. I did not expect to do that well in the series. Very glad that we won the series 2-1. India has not won a Test series in our conditions, glad that we could maintain that record,” Jansen said during a virtual press conference.

“The first innings of the first Test sums it up really well. I did not start the way I wanted to and I was very nervous. It is normal for every player to get nervous. Off the field, I am a chill guy, I am an introvert but when I am on the field, I want to express myself,” he added.

‘Jasprit Bumrah is a friend’

When asked about his aggressive nature on the field, Jansen said: “I love this sport, I have wanted to play since I was a child. All the emotions show how much love and passion I have for the game. Obviously, I played with Jasprit Bumrah in the IPL, we are good friends but sometimes on the field, things get heated.”

“You play for your country, you are not going to back down for anyone and obviously, he plays the same way as well. There are no hard feelings, it just happened in the heat of the moment (on altercation with Bumrah in the Johannesburg Test),” he added.

“Obviously, we are taking momentum from the Test series into the ODIs. But we are not underestimating India at all, India is one of the best teams in the world so we have to bring our A-game. We are looking to take the fight to them. We have to be as prepared as we can, a series win against India would be big.”

South Africa and India will lock horns in a three-match ODI series, with the first match set to be played on Wednesday in Paarl. Earlier, the Proteas had defeated India 2-1 in the Test series. Marco Jansen had a good show with the ball as he went on to take 19 wickets in the Test series.


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