In Zaheer Khna’s opinnon, Jasprit Bumrah’s outstanding cameo on Day 2 of the Birmingham Test against England underlines the visitors’ upbeat attitude.
To set a new record for the most runs scored by a batsman in a single Test cricket over, Bumrah, who was captaining India for the first time, hammered experienced England pacer Stuart Broad for 29 runs in one over. The 35 runs that Broad ultimately gave up set a record for the most runs given up by a bowler in a Test over.
The Lower Order Has Contributed A Lot In The Series: Zaheer Khan
The visitors scored an outstanding 416 in their first innings, and the Indian captain was still unbeaten at 31 off 16 shots. Zaheer commented on Bumrah’s use of the willow during a conversation on Cricbuzz on Saturday by saying:
“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, all the Indian lower-order batters are trying to get better at their batting than where they are now.”
In India’s second innings at Lord’s during the 2021 series, Shami (56*) and Bumrah (34*) put on an uninterrupted 89-run partnership for the ninth wicket. India went on to win the Lord’s Test by 151 runs, and the partnership ended up being one that changed the course of the match.
In both innings of the Test at The Oval, Thakur hit fifty runs, helping India win the match by 157 runs and take a 2-1 series lead.
Commenting on the over itself Zaheer said, “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.”
Bumrah returned to claim 3 wickets as well.
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