Former Indian pace bowler Ajit Agarkar on Saturday lavished praise on India’s stand-in skipper Jasprit Bumrah after the latter displayed all-round performance on the second day of the rescheduled fifth Test against England at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
Bumrah, who is well known to create fear among the batters with his lethal deliveries, received praise from all around the globe for his ferocious batting against England. Batting at No.10, Bumrah would never have thought in his dreams about breaking a batting record held by Brian Lara.
ENG vs IND: Jasprit Bumrah creates record with the bat in Test cricket
Bumrah smashed England pacer Stuart Broad for 29 runs in the 84th over of the Indian innings. Broad made things worse by conceding a no-ball and five wides to end up bowling a 35-run over, the most expensive in the history of Test cricket.
Bumrah carted four boundaries and a couple of sixes in the destructive over to break the joint-highest record of Brian Lara and George Bailey to score most runs in an over in red-ball cricket. Both Lara (vs Robin Peterson in 2003) and Bailey (vs James Anderson in 2013) scored 28 runs in an over.
Jasprit Bumrah bowled at the right speed: Ajit Agarkar
Bumrah remained unbeaten on 31 to power India’s first-innings total to 416 and later toppled England’s top-order with the ball. Bumrah got wickets of Alex Lees, Zak Crawley and Ollie Pope as England were reduced to 84 for five at the close of the second day.
“Bumrah and Shami’s partnership in the Lord’s Test in the same series helped India win the match. Today, Stuart Broad wasn’t great and Jasprit Bumrah cashed in. Test cricket at the moment seems very easy,” Agarkar said on Sony Sports Network.
“Bowl well, get heaps of wickets, get runs, become captain, and put India in a terrific position. But I think it’s his bowling. He just bowled at the right speed. His line and length were immaculate as always,” Agarkar added.
Earlier in the day, Ravindra Jadeja scored 104 before Anderson brought an end to his innings, it was his third Test hundred and first against England.