Former England captain David Gower hailed Indian bowlers Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah for their batting exploits against England in the second Test at Lord’s.
At the start of Day 5, India lost the wickets of their overnight batsmen Rishabh Pant and Ishant Sharma with a minimal lead in hand, but the tail-enders Shami and Bumrah combined together to build an unbeaten partnership of 89 that helped India to set England a target of 272.
In the course of his innings, Shami brought up his second half-century in Test cricket where he plundered six fours and a six against England bowlers who tried their best but could not stop India’s tail.
The world has gone completely mad with Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah’s 89-run partnership: David Gower
On the other hand, Bumrah was tackling the short balls bowled at him by Mark Wood and Ollie Robinson and he remained not out on 34. Gower said, in a cheeky manner, that not even the duo’s parents or family would have predicted that partnership was coming.
“The world has gone mad. The world has gone completely mad when you’ve got Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah sharing a partnership of 89 on the fifth morning. No one, not even their parents, or their close family, would have predicted that one,” Gower told Cricket.com.
Every Joe Root had to admit that he got his tactics wrong: David Gower
Later in England’s innings, Bumrah got the wicket of opener Rory Burns on his fifth ball of the first over and Shami dismissed Dominic Sibley in the next over. Senior bowler Ishant Shama got two wickets before lunch and thereafter Bumrah forced skipper Joe Root to poke his back-of-length delivery to Kohli in the slip region.
After Root’s dismissal, England’s remaining batters couldn’t survive Mohammed Siraj’s fiery blows and their innings folded up on 120 as India won by 151 runs and took a 1-0 lead in the five Tests.
Gower talked about how Root got his captaincy wrong but said that such mistakes make a captain learn, which is a constant thing in his career.
“What was interesting about the final hour was that the passion and emotions got too much for England. Yes, they’d been stirred up with the Bumrah and Anderson stuff, but it’s amazing how when your emotions take control, your carefully laid plans could become mislaid plans. Every Root had to admit that he got his tactics wrong,” Gower said.
“Captaincy is one of those things where sometimes you think you’re getting a hang of it. But then you have days like the final morning, and you realize that you’re still learning. In truth, you’re always learning – every day you’re the captain of any national team.
“But this is not the first time he’s been in such a situation. Those are the situations that can make or break a game. As we can now see very vividly. That’s where a captain has to be able to say to himself and his players, ‘Look, this is our plan. Let’s not lose control.’ And that’s what I’m sure he regrets,” Gower added.
India will play England in the third Test at Headingley in Leeds on August 25.