Indian legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar applauded India’s bowling spearhead Jasprit Bumrah for his outstanding bowling against England in the second Test at Lord’s.
On Monday, Bumrah was first involved in an unbeaten 89-run stand with Mohammed Shami, who hit his career’s second half-century. The duo’s fightback pushed India’s lead to 270 runs with Bumrah scoring 34 runs off 64 balls.
Jasprit Bumrah leads India’s charge with the ball
India’s task wasn’t accomplished as they had to take 10 wickets in 60 overs and Bumrah was right on the song, getting England opener Rory Burns’ wicket on the fifth ball of the second innings.
Just after the lunch, Bumrah forced England skipper Joe Root to poke at his back-0f-length delivery, which settled comfortably in the hands of Virat Kohli at first slip. Root’s dismissal paved the way for the Indians to march towards their victory at Lord’s.
However, there was some fight shown by Jos Buttler and Ollie Robinson in the final overs. Both batters were dealing with India’s short balls and defending those bowled at stumps. With just 10 overs left in the match, the pressure had shifted to India, who were vying to pick those last three wickets.
Bumrah, bowling around the wicket, used a slower ball to trap Robinson before the wicket and gave India the much-needed breakthrough. In the next over Mohammed Siraj did the rest, picking the wickets of Jos Buttler and James Anderson as India won the match by 151 runs and took a 1-0 lead.
The more Jasprit Bumrah bowls, the better he gets: Sachin Tendulkar
When Tendulkar was asked about the transition of the bowler from the World Test Championship final to Lord’s, the former cricketer explained that the more balls Bumrah bowls the better he gets.
“I felt before the WTC final, Bumrah didn’t have enough long spells under his belt. He is the kind of bowler who is like the more he bowls, the better he gets. He doesn’t only have a big heart but also has brains and we saw that yesterday when he outsmarted Ollie Robinson with a brilliant slower ball to dismiss him after peppering him with a few short balls,” Tendulkar told PTI.
“Today this bowling attack is the best in the world. It’s a reflection of talent, discipline and ability to work hard on fitness and wanting to learn more. I don’t like comparisons across eras because bowling attacks should also be judged by batters who are batting against them. Be it during Kapil’s or Srinath’s or Zaheer’s generation, there were different batsmen facing them,” Tendulkar added.