Former Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar has heaped praises on Jasprit Bumrah and the rest of the Indian pacers for putting a fine bowling display against England at Lord’s. Tendulkar has said Bumrah not only has a big heart but also has brains.
Bumrah was at the centre of things on day five of the Lord’s Test. He received a bouncer barrage from England pacers after he bowled a few to James Anderson on day three. England bowlers and Joss Buttler also said few words to Bumrah, which eventually made him for stubborn to perform.
He along with Mohammed Shami put in a great fight and shared an 89-run stand for the ninth wicket and put India into a commanding position.
Tendulkar praised Bumrah for coming good in the ongoing Test series against England after playing a wicketless World Test Championship Final against New Zealand in Southampton.
“I felt before the WTC final, Bumrah didn’t have enough long spells under his belt. He is the kind of bowler who is like the more he bowls, the better he gets. He doesn’t only have a big heart but also has brains and we saw that yesterday when he outsmarted Ollie Robinson with a brilliant slower ball to dismiss him after peppering him with a few short balls,” Sachin told PTI when asked what may have changed for Bumrah between the Lord’s Test and the WTC final.
Tendulkar, further, highlighted the difference between the bowling eras of Kapil Dev, Javagal Srinath and Zaheer Khan.
“Today this bowling attack is the best in the world. It’s a reflection of talent, discipline and ability to work hard on fitness and wanting to learn more. I don’t like comparisons across eras because bowling attacks should also be judged by batters who are batting against them. Be it during Kapil’s or Srinath’s or Zaheer’s generation, there were different batsmen facing them,” remarked Tendulkar.
Shami and Bumrah backed their batting efforts with a fine bowling display as well. Mohammed Siraj bagged four wickets while Bumrah managed to dismiss three England batsmen. Ishant Sharma and Shami took two and one wickets respectively. India shot down England for 120 and won the Test by 151 runs to script a remarkable come-from-behind victory in Test cricket.