In a surprising turn of events in Visakhapatnam, it wasn’t the spinners but the pace maestro Jasprit Bumrah who stole the show with his exceptional bowling prowess. Bumrah’s spectacular performance saw him clinch nine wickets in the match, including a phenomenal 6/45 in the first innings and an additional four wickets on the penultimate day, tallying a match haul of 9 for 91.
This remarkable display earned Bumrah the Player of the Match award, overshadowing even the centurions of the game, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shubman Gill. Reflecting on his achievement, Bumrah emphasized his focus on adapting to different situations and not getting caught up in statistical milestones.
“As I said before, I don’t look at numbers… I look at the situation, at the wicket and think what are my options. I should not be a one-trick pony,” Jasprit Bumrah remarked, showcasing his maturity and tactical acumen.
India’s stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma lauded Bumrah as a champion player and emphasized the collective effort behind the team’s victory. “He is a champion player for us… Winning a Test in these conditions is not easy. Wanted our bowlers to step up and they did that,” Rohit Sharma remarked, highlighting the team’s resilience and determination.
Bumrah’s stellar performance not only underscored his prowess as a bowler but also showcased India’s depth and versatility in their bowling attack. Despite facing the challenge of ‘Bazball,’ the Indian team displayed resilience and grit in a roller-coaster contest, emerging victorious in Visakhapatnam.
With their spirits high and momentum on their side, Team India will now shift their focus to the upcoming third Test in Rajkot, commencing on February 15. As they aim to maintain their winning momentum, the team will look to build on their collective performance and continue their quest for victory in the series.