Jasprit Bumrah’s wife, Sanjana Ganesan, has revealed his mother’s reaction to him being named as India’s captain for the rearranged Test against England.
It was revealed on Thursday that Bumrah was handed over the captaincy as Rohit Sharma was ruled out from the game. Sharma tested positive for Covid-19 last week.
The pacer is the 36th Indian cricketer to lead the nation and his wife has now opened up on the reaction of his family.
Speaking to ICC, Ganesan revealed that Bumrah’s mother was very happy and even had a few tips and tricks to provide to the Indian pacer ahead of his first assignment as skipper.
“She’s very excited. She’s always liked to see him do well, because he loves the sport and she’s literally seen the entire journey he’s gone through to get to where he is. She was ecstatic when she found out.
“She had tons of tips and tricks, even though she’s never played cricket herself! Like a mother does, she told him, ‘This should be how you think, and this should be what you do.
“It was very nice to see, and she was very happy and proud of him,” said Ganesan.
Ganesan also revealed that the confirmation of being named as the captain was being slowly revealed to him and Bumrah had enough time to absorb and understand the decision.
“He hasn’t had it all in one impact, because it [the confirmation of the news] has been pretty trickled,” she said. “In the sense that we had to wait for a result from Rohit [Sharma] to find out whether or not Jasprit will be leading the side.
“So it was a lot of wait-and-watch, because there were (Covid-19) tests in the morning and evening, and they wanted to be entirely sure they were doing everything they could to give Rohit a fair chance to come back and play this Test.
“[Bumrah] got a lot of time to absorb and understand that this was really happening. He’s proud and definitely very happy about it. I don’t know if there is a little bit of nerves, but he’s had enough time to absorb it all,” said Ganesan.