Indian spearhead bowler Jasprit Bumrah has said that one of the reasons why team India’s bowling attacks could do little damage to the visitors on the opening day of their first Test is they are unable to use saliva to adjust the condition of the ball.
Bumrah and Ishant Sharma had also complained to the umpires that the stitching of the ball was wearing off and demanded a new ball.
“The ball did become soft after a while. The wickets too were on the flatter side and so the bounce was less. So, you are left with limited options trying to figure out what to do. It was difficult. We can’t shine it well with saliva because of the Covid-19 rules… In India, the ball gets roughed up, and in order to get reverse swing, you have to make one side heavy. Sometimes sweat doesn’t really serve the purpose,” Bumrah said during a virtual press conference after the first day’s play,” Bumrah said.
“It is difficult to assess till both teams have bowled… We will see the session by session how the wicket is changing. We can then adapt accordingly and make changes to our plans if need be,” he said.
England skipper shined on the first day of the first day as he hit his seventh century on the Asian ground. Root smashed 128 runs and remained unbeaten at the end of the third session. With this century, Root also became the ninth player in the history of Test cricket to score a century in his 100th match.
“He has some good innings behind him (228 and 186 against Sri Lanka in his last two games). He was sweeping and reverse-sweeping as well. I have noticed that while playing the spinners, he was staying low and trying to read the trajectory very quickly. He played a good inning. Full credit to him,” Bumrah applauded Root for his brilliant performance.
“We bowled really well in patches. In the last session, however, we gave a few extra runs. We will look to create more pressure tomorrow,” Bumrah added.
England skipper Joe Root and Dom Sibley put up an impressive partnership of 200-runs to put the England team in a commanding position. Sibley contributed 87 runs before surrendering to Bumrah in the 90th over at the end of the day.