In a spectacular display of skill and determination, Jasprit Bumrah, India’s seasoned fast bowler, took center stage on Day 2 of the second Test against England in Vizag. His remarkable six-wicket haul rattled the English batting lineup, including crucial dismissals like Joe Root, Ollie Pope, Johnny Bairstow, and Ben Stokes, contributing significantly to India’s commanding position in the match with a 143-run first innings lead.
Fastest to 150 Test wickets
Bumrah’s heroics not only swung the momentum in India’s favor but also etched his name in the record books. With his lightning pace and deadly accuracy, he became the fastest Indian fast bowler to reach 150 Test wickets, achieving this milestone in a mere 6781 deliveries, surpassing the legendary Kapil Dev‘s record.
From shaky start to stellar finish
Despite a shaky start where his initial five overs proved costly, conceding 25 runs, Bumrah’s comeback was nothing short of sensational. With sheer determination and unwavering focus, he turned the tide, dismantling England’s batting lineup with a breathtaking spell of 6 for 20 in 10.5 overs. His ability to dismiss England’s top and middle order, followed by a clinical finish by cleaning up the tail, showcased his versatility and match-winning prowess.
The yorker heard ’round the world
One of the defining moments of the match was Bumrah’s jaw-dropping yorker that left Pope stunned. Reflecting on this magical delivery, Bumrah attributed its success to the art of reverse swing. In a post-match media interaction, he provided insights into his thought process, emphasizing the importance of execution and adapting to the conditions on the field.
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Bumrah shed light on the significance of mastering reverse swing, especially in the context of Indian cricket. With slow wickets demanding unconventional skills, he emphasized the need for relentless practice and honing one’s craft. His dedication to perfecting his skills in the nets and translating them into match-winning performances underscores his commitment to excellence.
“At that time, the ball was relatively hard. So yes, there was some reverse swing. In reverse swing, you don’t have to bowl magical deliveries every ball. So I had bowled a few away going deliveries and then there was a thought going on in my head that what do I bowl? I should bowl a length delivery coming in or should I go for a yorker? But I had not bowled a yorker till then. I thought okay might as well take a chance with that and it did swing a lot. The execution was good, very happy with that,” said Bumrah in the post day media interaction.
“In first class cricket, if you want to take wickets in India, you have to learn to bowl reverse swing. Probably, I learned to bowl reverse swing before the conventional swing because you play a lot of cricket on slow wickets,” he added.