Former India player turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra has applauded Jasprit Bumrah for bowling a stunning spell on Day 2 of the second Test between India and England. However, Bumrah registered figures of 6/45 in 15.5 overs as India bowled England out for 253 in their first innings in Visakhapatnam on Saturday, February 3 as well. And, India got a 143-run first-innings lead and ended the day at 28 for no loss in their second innings as well.
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said: “Jasprit Bumrah did an amazing job. Ben Stokes’ expression was as though Jasprit Bumrah had cheated when he got out. It was as though he didn’t see the ball after it pitched and it went straight and hit his stumps – ‘I don’t want to keep this bat, keep it with you’. That was something incredible. We are seeing one of the finest bowlers in history at his peak performance. All Supermans don’t wear capes. Our Bumrah is Superman. He picked up six wickets on the second day of a Test match on a flat pitch. He is a once-in-a-generation bowler.”
However, Jasprit Bumrah is the quickest Indian pace bowler to scalp 150 Test wickets. He also has the second-best average among all bowlers who have claimed 150 or more wickets in Test history as well. And, Aakash Chopra referred to Jasprit Bumrah’s dismissal of Ollie Pope as one for the ages as well.
“The way he is bowling, you can keep Ollie Pope’s wicket in digital collectibles. He has dismissed him five times but the way he got him out this time, it was a laser-guided missile. It came in, pitched in the blockhole and the stumps were rocked. Before that, he dismissed Joe Root. He has got him out eight times. It seemed like Joe Root knew what this bowler was going to do with him and still he got out. So you feel helpless and Joe Root is feeling like that at the moment,” Aakash Chopra concluded.