Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have become India’s premier fast bowling combination in all formats in the past year or so. The duo has been crucial to India’s dominating performances in one-day cricket and has successfully followed it up with Test cricket success.Along with addressing India’s new and old ball fast bowling problems, Bumrah turned out to be an instant hit with red ball too in South Africa. He hurried batsmen with lifting balls delivered with his unique action. Bhuvneshwar too has added extra yards of pace to his bowling in Test cricket.Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar had a conversation with India Today on their evolution as individuals and Indian cricket’s pace explosion on the sidelines of an Asics event. Excerpts…Q: Fast bowlers hunt in pairs is an old adage. Jasprit, the two of you have proved it right across formats, haven’t you?Bumrah: It’s always very beneficial when you have an experienced partner at the other end. It’s always very important when you are creating pressure as a unit, I have always told that.Pressure from both ends is the key. At the end we both learn from each other with constant communication. I must say it’s always a good feeling to have an experienced bowler by your side.WATCH FULL INTERVIEWQ: Bhuvi, tell us how you have evolved as a bowler, adding variations to your one day bowling and extra yards of pace in Test cricket?Bhuvneshwar: It’s started when South Africa came here in 2016. That’s when I added some pace. But the series didn’t go well for me. I managed to add some pace to my game but didn’t realise with additional pace you have to change a few other things; have to add variations. When I got some time off after that series, I worked with local coaches and team coaches who helped me to change a few things which are needed when you add pace.advertisementAs to adding variations to my white ball bowling, ever since I started playing IPL, I realised you need variations. You can’t survive on line and length. You need coaches around you who can guide you to get there. I have been lucky that I have had seniors and coaches who have helped me get there. It feels good when these things work.Q: Those extra yards of pace have helped your Test bowling?Bhuvneshwar: In India there is not much swing, just a bit of reverse swing. So it’s never effective with reverse swing unless you improve pace. So I always wanted to improve pace but never knew how to do that. So working with the trainers helped me achieve that.Also read – Every India pacer is capable of bowling 140 kmph, says Jasprit BumrahQ: Jasprit, much before you made your India debut in Australia for the one-dayers, people had seen you trouble batsmen in IPL. But to develop this ability to bowl yorkers at will, what’s the process behind that?Bumrah: People have seen me bowl in IPL. But I got wickets before that from first class cricket and there I have learnt a lot. That gives you a lot of confidence. IPL is t20 format but first class is four day cricket and one day matches. So there is a lot more to learn. When you get into international cricket with the confidence from combination of first class cricket and IPL, it is very beneficial.Q: Yes you did well in Ranji trophy for Gujarat. But still did you surprise yourself with the instant success you found in Test match cricket? How did you discover the Test match length so quickly?Bumrah: If I say, I surprised myself that would be a wrong answer to say. Because if I don’t believe in myself than who else will?For me it was always very important to play Test cricket and for that I was able to discover that self confidence. And that was because of first class cricket. Because that year we had won the Ranji trophy for Gujarat as well. That build up to South Africa was very important because I had taken wickets in Ranji trophy. All of that allowed me to adapt to the conditions in South Africa even though they were little different from India.Q: Micheal Holding observed on air that you can add a few extra strides to bowling run up to avoid strain on your body. Has anyone come upto you with this idea or have you ever considered it?advertisementBumrah: I am not thinking too much about that. I am not focused on what he has said. It’s ok, some people have some different observations. I have been looking to do whatever is comfortable for my own body. If I am not facing any difficulty, I don’t want to tinker or change anything. If I have a problem in the future, than I will cross the bridge when I get there.Q: Bhuvi, who is the most difficult batsman you have bowled against?Bhuvneshwar: I have always said the most difficult batsman to bowl against is the man who is in form. You may have seen the best batsmen get out early when they are not in form but an in form batsman is difficult to dismiss. So form is the key.Also read – Australia tour will be challenging even without Smith and Warner: Bhuvneshwar KumarQ: Can the both of you tell us one thing there is to learn from each other’s bowling. Jasprit, what do you look to learn from Bhuvi?Bumrah: He has played a lot of cricket. What I always look to learn from him is his control. He can bowl any ball that he wants in any given situation. That is his biggest asset as a bowler. Now a days with the game going so fast, if you have accuracy, you have control, you can tackle any situation. That’s what I also want to learn to develop – great control.Q: Bhuvi, what impresses you about Bumrah?Bhuvneshwar: His variations is what impress me. Of course his length ball goes quicker than any other bowler in the team currently.But when he bowls slower ones and yorkers, those are totally different than anyone else. That’s because of his unique action. I have seen him in the IPL, what he was when he started and what he is now is totally different. That’s because of his hard work.Q: Jasprit, how do you look at competition for places in Indian fast bowling? The two of you, Ishant with his experience, Shami with his movement, Umesh got a 10 wkt haul recently…Bumrah: It’s very good when you have a good fast bowling unit. Everybody has a good rapport with each other. All of us are always together discussing plans. And everybody is quick nowadays. No one is medium pace and everybody is able to clock 140’s. It’s a very good time for Indian cricket. And we learn from each other. Everybody has a different quality and not everybody is the same. It’s a very good sign. We keep learning from each other and keep developing.Also read – Any bowler can get injured, bowling action not a problem: Jasprit BumrahQ: Bhuvi, Australia is next. How do you look at the prospects of delivering in Australia. Will the fact that wickets there have become do not have as much swing be a challenge on personal front?Bhuvneshwar: It’s a challenge for sure. If you look at it for the past few years, away from home, it has become easier to bat rather than in sub continent. It’s more difficult for bowlers so it will be a challenge. But we know if we do well in. Australia it will be preparations for England (World Cup).advertisementQ: What about the Test matches?Bhuvneshwar: There will be challenges. But not thinking about them too much. We have to play white ball cricket next against West Indies. Than when we go to Australia, we will have few practice matches and net sessions. Accordingly I will plan things that can help me.Q: Jasprit, is the team not thinking, no Warner, no Smith, this is our chance?Bumrah: We don’t think like that. We are not focussing on those things.And my philosophy is whenever you get there, plan accordingly. You think about the conditions and what’s it going to be there like but look to prepare when you actually get there.Q: Next year will be a World Cup year. Jasprit, it will be your first. Bhuvi, you went to Australia last time, but that’s didn’t go as well personally. Surely, one eye on it?Bumrah: World Cup is too far. One step at a time has always been my philosophy.Bhuvneshwar: The ultimate aim is to play and do well in the World Cup. But like Jasprit said can’t think too far ahead. Focus is on West Indies, Australia and New Zealand. If we start thinking about the World Cup now, it’s possible that we will lose focus from what we have to achieve before that.Playing series against West Indies and against Australia and New Zealand is going to help our World Cup plans.Q: Jasprit, talking about areas of improvement. You have lost a few wickets to no balls. Something you are working on?Bumrah: I don’t want to talk about that. But ya, you always look to keep improving and developing new things.Q: Let’s close this interview by talking about the two big names in your side Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni. One thing you would want to add to your cricket from Virat and Dhoni?Bhuvneshwar: There is one thing to learn from both of them which is the passion that have playing for India for all these years. Having done it for so long is not an easy thing. Both have different style of batting and captainship but both have one thing in common which is their passion. When you talk and spend time with them that’s what comes out and one gets to learn from.Bumrah: Both are legends of the game. But I would want my own identity. I would always want to learn from them how they have contributed for India for so long. But for me my basic aim is to have my own identity.