IND vs ENG: Former Indian cricketer Zaheer Khan heaped praise on Jasprit Bumrah for his sensational performance on the first day of the first Test between India and England. Bumrah finished as the leading wicket-taker for India, claiming four for 46 in 20.4 overs. His efforts helped the team bundled out England for just 183 runs at Trent Bridge. It was England’s second-lowest by them in the first innings of a home Test series since 1950.
Zaheer Khan advised that India should treat Bumrah as a strike bowler and shouldn’t care too much about his economy rate. Speaking to Cricbuzz, Zaheer Khan explained how starting well is one of the true hallmarks of a strike bowler.
“Jasprit Bumrah ticked the box of an opening bowler by picking a wicket in the first over. Bumrah is a strike bowler so you shouldn’t think about his economy rate. If he picks wickets, then the team will have a huge advantage in it. The way he approached his bowling has been sensational.”
Zaheer Khan was also impressed with the way Bumrah accounted for the wicket of Jos Buttler. The former Indian cricketer reckoned that Buttler’s wicket was important and Bumrah did well to get India a timely wicket.
“Buttler’s wicket was a crucial element because he is a dangerous batsman who scores runs at a quick pace. So it was an important phase in which Bumrah took his wicket.”
Jasprit Bumrah left England on the back foot from the word go after sending R Burns back to the pavilion in the very first over of the innings. He later accounted for the wicket of Jos Buttler, Stuart Broad, and James Anderson. India is currently well placed at 21 for 0 after 13 overs in the second innings.
IND vs ENG, 1st Test, Day 1
Brief scores: England 183 runs (Joe Root 64; Jonny Bairstow 29; Jasprit Bumrah 4/46; M Shami 3/28; Shardul Thakur 2/1)