Jasprit Bumrah’s cameo reminded Zaheer Khan of Yuvraj Singh’s six sixes. Former Indian pacer Zaheer Khan has heaped praises on Jasprit Bumrah and other lower-order Indian batters for contributing with important runs.
India was reeling at 98/5 while batting first against England in the ongoing fifth and final rescheduled Test match at Edgbaston. But lower middle-order batters keeper Rishabh Pant and spin all-rounders Ravindra Jadeja scored brilliant centuries to guide India to 416 runs in the first innings. Stand-in skipper pacer Jasprit Bumrah, at the number ten position, played a brilliant cameo, scoring an unbeaten 31 off 16 balls.
Jasprit Bumrah Batting Reflected India’s Positive Mindset: Zaheer Khan
The 28-year-old pacer scored 29 runs in Stuart Broad’s 18th over and broke Brian Lara’s record for most runs scored in a single over of a Test match. Stuart Broad conceded 35 runs in that over which proved to be the most expensive over in Test cricket history.
Jasprit Bumrah’s knock could prove a crucial one as India won the Lord’s Test (2nd match) last year after Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah played crucial unbeaten knocks of 56 and 34 runs respectively. Zaheer Khan also pointed out the importance of this knock and praised India’s lower-order batters for their recent contribution with the bat.
“The way Bumrah batted reflects the team’s positive mindset. The momentum is now with India. In this entire England series, the lower order’s contribution, be it (Mohammad) Shami, (Shardul) Thakur, or Bumrah has been hugely significant. We had seen Bumrah do well at Lord’s as well. Not only him, but all the Indian lower-order batters are also trying to get better at their batting than where they are now,” Zaheer Khan said.
Meanwhile, the right-arm pacer is also captaining Team India in the absence of regular skipper Rohit Sharma (down with Covid-19) and his deputy KL Rahul (injured).
Jasprit Bumrah Whacking Stuart Broad Reminded Zaheer Khan Of Yuvraj Singh’s 6 Sixes In 2007 T20I World Cup
Jasprit Bumrah’s heroics took fans down memory lane when former Indian batter Yuvraj Singh smashed Stuart Broad for 36 runs in the T20I World Cup 2007. Zaheer Khan highlighted that Jasprit Bumrah’s new role as a skipper has made him more agile.
“It was a hugely entertaining over. It was surprising that the bowler was Broad again. Bumrah whacking Broad reminded me of Yuvraj’s six sixes. Everyone was wondering what captaincy would do to Bumrah. The added responsibility seems to have made him more agile. The strike rate at which he scored those 30 runs was crucial,” he added.
Jasprit Bumrah continued his momentum with the ball on Day 2 when England started their first innings. He took the first three wickets, leaving the hosts struggling at 60/3 at one point.
15 years after bowling the most expensive T20I over, Stuart Broad ended up owning the unwanted record of bowling the most expensive over in Test history. Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh scripted history on 19th September 2007 to become the first-ever batsman to hit six consecutive sixes in an over in a T20I match in the first-ever T20 World Cup.
Jasprit Bumrah remained unbeaten on 31 off 16 balls and added 41 for the last wicket along with Mohammed Siraj (2) as India ended their first innings on 416 in 84.5 overs, with Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja top-scoring with 146 and 104 respectively.
Jonny Bairstow scored a brisk hundred as he led England’s fightback against India in the ongoing final fifth Test match at Edgbaston, Birmingham. While Ben Stokes fell for 25, Jonny Bairstow looked in control to reach his third ton in four innings during the rain-delayed second session.
Jonny Bairstow’s quickfire century on Sunday helped England bounce back from a precarious state of 83/5 in the ongoing fifth and final Test match against India at Edgbaston, Birmingham. England is 246/7 at present.