In the first innings of the current Edgbaston Test, Team India made three early breakthroughs thanks to a brilliant session from Jasprit Bumrah, according to Aakash Chopra.
In the 11 overs he bowled on Day 2 of the match that would determine the series between the two teams, Bumrah had stats of 3/35. He had strong assistance from Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj as England was reduced to 84/5, still 332 runs behind the visitors.
Aakash Chopra Praises Sensational Jasprit Bumrah
Aakash Chopra praised Bumrah’s efforts with the ball when summarising the second day’s play in a video posted to his YouTube channel, saying:
“Indian captain Jasprit Bumrah picked up three wickets, England have lost five wickets and are still 332 runs behind. The three wickets Bumrah took, it was an absolutely sensational piece of bowling.”
The former Indian opener did admit, though, that the pacer’s situation was assisted by the weather. Chopra explained:
“The advantage is definitely that the conditions were overcast, it was raining in between and you kept on going in and out, so you can come back stronger repeatedly. It’s a blessing in disguise.”
Several weather delays occurred throughout England’s Saturday inning. On Day 2, the two best Indian pacers, Bumrah and Shami, were able to bowl 24 of the visitors’ 27 overs.
Bowlers Also Have To Adapt To Unfamiliar Circumstances: Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra emphasised how challenging it is for both batsmen and bowlers to adapt to unfamiliar circumstances. He observed:
“Just like Jaddu is an under-rated all-rounder in world cricket, similarly to acclimatize in the bowling, we say a lot about batters that the conditions are slightly difficult but we never say that a bowler is also in the same situation.”
In his last remarks, the acclaimed pundit praised Bumrah for his skill in selecting the proper length to bowl with the Dukes ball. Chopra elaborated:
“You have to find the length, you have the Dukes ball in your hand and you are used to Kookaburra and SG Test, suddenly it doesn’t come out of the hand from the right place and you don’t get wickets, we don’t talk about it but Jasprit Bumrah is class.”
Bumrah’s first delivery immediately shook Alex Lees’ stumps. He then ordered Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer to catch Zak Crawley and Ollie Pope, respectively, in the slips.