“I try to avoid looking at numbers..”: Jasprit Bumrah post his maiden fifer in India

In a stunning display of skill, India’s Jasprit Bumrah delivered a masterclass in reverse swing, securing his best-ever Test figures on home soil. Bumrah’s exceptional performance, including a sensational yorker, led to England being dismissed for 253 runs, giving India a significant 143-run lead. India further extended their lead to 28 runs without loss before stumps.

Commentators and former players lauded Bumrah’s performance, with Kevin Pietersen describing him as “nothing short of magnificent” and Phil Tufnell acknowledging his crucial role in turning the game around for India. Bumrah’s impressive bowling also earned him praise for his Test average, which is the second-lowest among players with 150 wickets or more.

Reflecting on his achievement, Bumrah emphasized that he does not focus on numbers, as they can add unnecessary pressure. His exceptional delivery skills were on full display, particularly with his trademark yorker that dismissed England’s Ollie Pope.

Bumrah said “I try to avoid looking at numbers and milestones because it will add extra pressure for me – I just want to do well for my country”.

Earlier in the match, India’s Yashasvi Jaiswal scored an impressive 209 runs in India’s first innings total of 396 all out. England showed resilience in their reply, with opener Zak Crawley leading the charge with 76 runs. However, India capitalized on crucial moments, with Bumrah’s reverse swing and Axar Patel’s spin proving effective against the English batting lineup.

Bumrah’s performance continued to shine as he dismissed key English batsmen, including Joe Root and Ben Stokes. His delivery to dismiss Stokes was particularly noteworthy, prompting the English star to express frustration at the near-unplayable delivery. Bumrah’s tenth five-wicket haul in Tests further solidified his status as a bowling genius.

Jaiswal’s remarkable double century and Bumrah’s exceptional bowling performance were the highlights of the match, showcasing India’s dominance in the second Test against England.

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