Jasprit Bumrah hailed his sides’ discipline and their ability to stick to the basics besides exploiting the early moisture that was on offer in the MCG track after Team India knocked over Australia for a mere 195 in the first innings of the Boxing Day Test.
Having lost the toss, India needed its bowlers to step-up the occasion as they had in Adelaide and ensure that Australia did not run away from the game by posting a substantial first innings score.
In the absence of Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami, India needed Jasprit Bumrah to lead the attack, which he did with absolute disdain as he was right on the money with his line and length right from the outset. Bumrah drew first blood as he finally got an outside edge off Joe Burns bat after having troubled him with his line outside the off-stump consistently.
Ravichandran Ashwin came to the party in as early as the 11th over and he exploited the moisture-laden track to the hilt as he consistently troubled the Aussie batsmen with his drift and bounce. Ashwin eventually dismissed Matthew Wade, who in an attempt to hit the off-spinner out of the attack proceeded to lob the ball high in the air, only to see Ravindra Jadeja take the catch despite a near collision with Shubman Gill.
Ashwin continued to have the lid on Steve Smith as he dismissed him for the second time in the series-this time for a duck as he edged him straight to leg-slip. Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne did the repair job with an 86-run-stand for the 4th wicket before it was eventually broken by Jasprit Bumrah.
Mohammed Siraj then joined the party by dismissing both Labuschagne and Green on debut while Ashwin claimed Tim Paine to have Australia seven down. Jasprit Bumrah [4/56] came back in the attack to knock over Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon before Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Pat Cummins to ensure that Australia lost their last seven wickets for 61 runs. Bumrah was as usual happy with his bowling group’s display and also revealed that debutant Siraj was really happy after an impressive debut. He also went on to laud Ravichandran Ashwin, adding that the ace spinner is at the top of the mark as far as his bowling is concerned.
”It was a good day. When we bowled earlier there was a bit of moisture. Just trying to bowl in the good areas. Sometimes when you try too hard you don’t get that success, so was just sticking to the basics. Ashwin has been bowling really well. He’s getting good turn, good revolutions on the first day itself and it is heartening to see. Siraj was very happy, he was waiting for his turn,” Jasprit Bumrah said.