Former Indian seamer Zaheer Khan is impressed with Bumrah’s attitude during the 2nd Test at Lord’s to help India to register the 3rd victory at the iconic Lord’s ground.
The last time India won a Test series in England was in 2007, Zaheer Khan played an instrumental role in winning the test series, grabbing 18 wickets in the series. In that series, English star Kevin Pietersen threw jelly beans at the crease when Zaheer was batting and they indulged in a heated altercation. Zaheer replied to them with 5/75 in the 2nd innings at Leeds.
In the same way, Jasprit Bumrah gave England a befitting reply with bat and ball both at Lord’s. The verbal spat started when Bumrah bowled a few nasty bouncers to James Anderson in the first innings. Anderson didn’t like his approach at all. England also tried to hurt Bumrah in the same way, bowling bouncers to him but fearless Bumrah hanged in there and scored valuable 34 runs in the 89 runs partnership with Shami.
With the ball, Bumrah scalped the main wicket of England captain Joe root just after the tea and trapped Ollie Robinson with an exquisite slower one in front of the wicket when England was 10 overs away from a draw.
In an interview with Cricbuzz, Zaheer stated-” If by getting angry, he can carry himself like this, I think he should at times provoke the batsman. You see, in the first innings he didn’t get a wicket, it must have bothered him.”
“After that, the whole Anderson episode that unfolded, the bouncers he bowled to him and then while batting, the manner in which the England pacer went after him all those things motivated him, and he channelized that anger in the right way. England must be thinking ‘we should have let Bumrah bowl bouncers’ and not mess with him. The intensity with which he bowled, was worth praising.” Zaheer added.
Bumrah now has taken 11 wickets in 2 tests in the series. And he needs 5 more wickets in 2 matches to become the fastest Indian Seam bowler to take 100 test wickets.