After the setback in the first Test match, Team India bounced back in the second Test match. On February 2, they met England in Vizag. The second day of the second Test was eventful for India. Jasprit Bumrah becomes the fastest Indian fast bowler to complete 150 wickets in Test cricket. Along with that, he picked up 6 wickets in that day. But another pacer of India Mukesh Kumar failed to pick up any wicket and conceded 44 runs in 7 overs. Jasprit Bumrah stood up for his fellow pace-bowler, Mukesh Kumar, who faced challenges on the second day of the second Test against England.
Jasprit Bumrah Backed Mukesh Kumar:
On day 2 of the second Test match was eventful. The Indian fans cherished Yashasvi Jaiswal’s double-century. On the same day, Jasprit Bumrah picked up 6 wickets. But another Indian pacer, Mukesh Kumar struggled in that day. In 7 overs, he conceded 44 runs but ended the day without any wickets. After that bowling display, the pacer received immense criticism.
After the match, Jasprit Bumrah backed Mukesh Kumar. He said, “That can happen to anyone (didn’t have a good day). He has just started to play international cricket. He has started out on Test cricket. We have a lot of confidence in him. This is a long series. We have to rotate players. That is the mindset, I think, obviously, you have to learn by making mistakes. You get better by making mistakes.”
Later he added, “I don’t look at it as a bad day. Everybody makes mistakes. It’s a learning day. Even I make mistakes. That is the conversation we will have. ‘Okay, that day has passed; focus on what we can do better. Try and give your best.”
Mukesh got the nod to join the playing XI, stepping in for the rested Mohammed Siraj, who’s been on a cricket marathon lately. Siraj’s journey included the Asia Cup, the ODI World Cup, and the recent tour of South Africa, both in white and red-ball formats. Now, he’s taking a well-deserved break to manage his workload.
Bumrah’s Exceptional Display:
Bumrah’s recent bowling exploits have carved his name in cricket lore, achieving remarkable feats. With his fourth wicket, he cements his status as the quickest Indian fast bowler to reach 150 Test wickets. His Test bowling average of 20.28 places him in an elite league, with only England’s Sydney Barnes ahead with a lower average of 16.43.
Not stopping there, Bumrah’s strikingly impressive strike rate of 44.7 puts him in the company of cricketing greats like Rabada, Steyn, and Younis. His rapid rise to 150 wickets sets a new Indian benchmark, positioning him among the fastest pacers in Asian cricket.
Furthermore, Bumrah’s stellar performance of 6/45 in the recent match stands as the best by an Indian seamer at home in this century, further cementing his legacy in Indian cricket history.