In a thrilling display of reverse swing bowling, Jasprit Bumrah left England in shambles with his sensational performance on the second day of the Test match in Visakhapatnam.
His remarkable figures of 6 for 45 gave India a commanding 143-run lead in the first innings. While Bumrah's spell had numerous highlights, one particular wicket stood out as his favorite – Joe Root's.
Jasprit Bumrah picks favourite wicket
Bumrah, known for his calm and composed demeanor, shared his insights about the game, emphasizing the significance of Joe Root's wicket in the context of the Test match. “Joe Root's wicket,” Bumrah revealed to Jio Cinema.
“Because we understand it's an important wicket in this Test match. He's a world-class batter, and we know on this wicket, to get his wicket was really important because the wicket isn't doing a lot. It's a slow wicket.
“We understood that was an important phase and if we get him out that leaves you in an advantage there. We understand how important he is for the England team, so very happy with that.”
This statement underscores the strategic thinking and awareness that Bumrah brings to his game. His excellent record against Root, with eight dismissals for 245 runs in 20 innings, further solidifies his reputation as a bowler who can deliver when it matters most.
Bumrah's remarkable performance turned the tide in India's favor after England initially took control of the game. When the ball was new, Bumrah faced a tough challenge, conceding 25 runs in his first five overs. However, he bounced back impressively when the ball began to reverse-swing, taking 6 wickets for just 20 runs in his next 10.5 overs. His contributions surpassed those of the spinners, and he bowled more overs than India's lead spinner.
Despite achieving the best bowling average (12.80) for a seamer in India (with a minimum of five innings), Bumrah remains grounded and focused on contributing to the team's success.
He acknowledged the role of spinners and recognized that outstanding performances like this won't happen every day, stating, “Some days it will not happen, that is how the sport works. When the good days happen, try and enjoy it and take that confidence.”
Reflecting on the pitch conditions, Bumrah expressed his optimism about India's batting prospects, highlighting that there were no demons in the wicket. He praised Yashasvi Jaiswal for his brilliant innings and indicated that the pitch, while not offering extravagant assistance to bowlers, still had some challenges for batsmen.
Bumrah's approach to the game is rooted in simplicity and problem-solving. He draws from his experiences in first-class cricket and his journey in South Africa to find answers to the challenges he faces on different pitches.
His focus on staying in the present and backing his ability has made him one of the most formidable bowlers in international cricket.
Bumrah's exceptional performance and strategic mindset have once again showcased his value to the Indian cricket team. His favorite wicket, that of Joe Root, not only delighted him but also played a pivotal role in India's commanding position in the Test match against England.