Indian pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah picked up his 10th five-wicket haul in the longer format of the game and registered sensational figures of 6/45 on Day 2 of the second Test against England in Visakhapatnam on Saturday. However, Bumrah found some reverse swing on offer and used it to full effect as his six-fer made sure the visitors were bowled out for just 253 in their first innings. However, he has been a huge admirer of reverse swing and added that he put in the hard yards to master the art as well.
Speaking to the host broadcaster in a video posted by BCCI, Jasprit Bumrah said: “As a child I have grown up watching reverse swing set-ups and legends bowling magical deliveries. That is something that really inspired me. So when I came into serious cricket, I learned how do you set up a batter and how do you use your strengths. I used to see this as a kid and now I am able to do it so really happy with that.”
He further added: “When you play in India, reverse swing plays an important role. Being born in this country, we learn the art of reverse swing in domestic cricket and can use it too our advantage. So very happy when you get wickets through reverse swing, no better feeling.”
However, Jasprit Bumrah’s spells on Day 2 came at a crucial time for Team India and it allowed India to take a 143-run lead after the first innings of the two teams as well. He also bowed an absolute ripper of a delivery to uproot Ollie Pope’s stumps. It was a stunning inswinging yorker as well. Meanwhile, Bumrah felt that the England batters were expecting an inswinger after Pope’s dismissal and that’s what helped him dismiss them with deliveries that nipped away.
“After that Pope delivery, I had an idea that they might be keeping an eye on inswingers. The outside edge then comes into play. The ball was maintained really well and when they edged it, it did carry,” Jasprit Bumrah concluded.