Jasprit Bumrah, on Thursday, expressed his delight after his plans paid off on day one of the fourth England vs India Test.
Bumrah continued his remarkable rise in Test cricket with yet another special performance. The right-arm had taken a five-wicket haul in the last game that helped India overcome a stubborn stand between Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes and win the game. And he started the fourth game in the same fashion. Given the responsibility to open the bowling, he totally justified the decision.
In only his second over, he dismissed Keaton Jennings for a duck with a stunning delivery. Jennings was determined to leave the delivery after getting out so many times outside of-stump. However, Bumrah bowled an excellent inswinger to leave him stunned and trap him lbw.
Speaking after the day’s play, Bumrah said he was not sure whether it was a dream delivery but was pleased with his efforts.
“Whenever you get a wicket, it’s very good. Whenever a plan works, it is a good feeling. Dream delivery I don’t know about that, but it’s a good sign when you get an early wicket. I’m very happy,” Bumrah said on Thursday, August 30.
He further said that it was not a new weapon in his armoury, recalling the dismissal of Chris Gayle in the semifinal of World T20 two years ago to back his claim.
“That’s not a new ball. I have the in-swinger as well (to the left-hander), I have the out-swinger for the right-hander. I bowled that to Chris Gayle in the World T20 semi-final. When you have too many options, you don’t want to use all of them in a single day. Whenever you feel that option is suitable, you use it,” Bumrah said.
Bumrah was the pick of the bowler again, finishing with three wickets. On the other hand, R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami picked two apiece as India bowled out England for 246.
However, India could have restricted England to a lower total after reducing them to 86 for 6. But a defiant partnership between Moeen Ali and Sam Curran and then between Curran and Broad pushed their total to 246.
“If you’d told us in the morning we’d get them out for 250, we’d have taken that. We had them at 80/5, but they played well as well. We were trying, but as the day progressed, the wicket also gradually got slower,” he added.