Star pacer Jasprit Bumrah led India’s charge with the ball in the second Test against England, taking a combined nine wickets as the hosts levelled the five-match series. Bumrah sparked an England batting collapse in the first innings, claiming first innings to hand India a healthy lead. In the second innings, he struck three more times on a non-responsive pitch as India wrapped up the proceedings inside four days. Bumrah’s brilliance saw him become the first Indian pacer to reach the pinnacle of the Test rankings.
With the third Test set to begin on Thursday, there’s has been a lot of chatter regarding Bumrah’s workload. Reports had earlier suggested that Bumrah might miss the game in Rajkot. However, the BCCI confirmed on Saturday that Bumrah will be part of the squad for the match.
However, former South Africa pacer Dale Steyn feels India don’t really miss Bumrah as the step-in bowlers are capable enough to do the job.
“Being an Indian player, there’s going to be a lot of workload. There’s a lot of cricket that India plays, they’re one of the highly-sought after teams in the world. It seems like India don’t really miss him (Bumrah) because the step-in bowlers are up to the standard, and it’s a great credit to Indian cricket,” Steyn told the media ahead of the SA20 final.
For the unversed, India played Mohammed Siraj in the first Test while Mukesh Kumar got the nod ahead of him in the second Test to partner Bumrah. However, both Siraj and Mukesh failed to trouble the English batters, whereas Bumrah was the star of the show.
But, Steyn, who is the bowling coach of SunRisers Eastern Cape, summed up Bumrah’s brilliance by claiming that he is someone who doesn’t rely on pace-friendly tracks.
“All round he’s a fantastic bowler. And it’s no surprise with his skiddy kind of action that he’s got that. He takes wickets on those docile pitches, so he’s fantastic. I don’t think there’s any Test bowlers right now who are able to run in and bowl essentially wicket-taking yorkers. To take wickets in Test matches, there are probably a handful of guys who could do that. Trent Boult was one of that, Mitchell Starc maybe. And obviously, Bumrah,” he added
“I remember saying ages back that a good yorker bowled in India or South Africa or Australia remains a good yorker because you take the surface out of it, doesn’t matter where you bowled it. You take the pitch away and I think that’s one thing that he’s done really well.”
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