Indian bowling all-rounder Shardul Thakur has revealed that the English pacer James Anderson abused Jasprit Bumrah during the 4th Test match of England vs India 5-match Test series.
Meanwhile, the marquee India-England 5-match series was ended only after 4 games. The reason behind the 5th and final match getting canceled was the COVID-19 spread. Notably, Head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach Ramakrishnan Sridhar, were found positive for Covid-19. Also after that ahead of the 5th Test match junior physio Yogesh Parmer was tested positive for Covid-19 in Manchester.
Meanwhile during a chat with The Indian Express Shardul Thakur was asked about the situation on the last day of the 4th Test. Mainly about the Jasprit Bumrah-James Anderson feud.
The 29-year-old revealed that the Indian bowling unit was trying to attack James Anderson. He pinpointed that the same thing that happened in Lord’s Test was carried to the Oval Test game. Thakur said:
“We were trying to attack Anderson. Something had happened during the Lord’s Test and it was carried to The Oval.”
Shardul further revealed that James Anderson and the English team abused Jasprit Bumrah. And After looking at the incident the Virat Kohli and company got charged up. Thakur asserted:
“I was later told that Anderson said something to Bumrah which he shouldn’t have, I was told they (England team) abused Bumrah.”Those words cannot be said in public, so everyone got charged up after this.”
“When we go overseas, our tailenders also face bouncers.” : Shardul Thakur
The Indian bowling all-rounder also highlighted that when they go to play overseas Tests. The Indian tailenders also face fierce bouncers. He gave the example of the recent Border Gavaskar Trophy where Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins bowled bouncers at T Natarajan.
“When we go overseas, our tailenders also face bouncers. In Australia, Natarajan was bowled bouncers by Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins despite them knowing that this guy hasn’t batted much even in First-Class cricket.”
He further added that they are not playing Test to please anyone. Shardul Thakur elaborated:
“So now when our opponents’ tailender come to bat then why can’t we bowl bouncers at him? Why shouldn’t we bowl bodyline? We are not playing to please anyone. We are playing there to win.”