With India trailing 0-1 in the ongoing five-match series against England, pacer Jasprit Bumrah showed his fiery form in the second Test with a six-wicket haul in the first innings.
The Indian star dedicated his performance to his son Angad and said it was the first time they had traveled together on tour. “I will dedicate this to my son. This is his first tour and he will be traveling with me. I am excited to see him.”
With sensational figures, the pacer once again proved why he is considered India’s best bowler currently.
Responding to India’s total of 396, the visitors were bowled out for 253 in the first innings and Bumrah finished with 6/45. The pacer led to the dismissals of Ollie Pope (23), Joe Root (5), Jonny Bairstow (25), Ben Stokes (47), Tom Hartley (21) and James Anderson (6).
With this performance, the 30-year-old also became the fastest Indian pacer to reach 150 Test wickets, off just 6,781 balls.
Commenting on Stokes’ crucial wicket, he said: “That was a delivery I hadn’t planned. I had bowled an outswinger, but the ball didn’t swing and went straight to the goal.”
Bumrah’s dismissal of Joe Root also caught everyone’s attention. The pacer set Root up perfectly with an inside swinging delivery from a good length and then got the next delivery left from the same area around the off stump. Root was committed to defending him and ran out of time, edged to the left of Shubman Gill at first slip, who he caught easily.
Talking about his numbers, he said: “I felt great at that moment, but I don’t want to look at the numbers. If the team wins, then performance matters. At the end of the day, if you contribute to the team’s success, there is no better feeling.”