Jasprit Bumrah breaks Kapil Dev's decades old record in ENG vs IND Test Series

05-Jul-2022 , Updated on 7/5/2022 1:34:09 PM

Jasprit Bumrah breaks Kapil Dev's decades old record in ENG vs IND Test Series

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In his debut Test match as the team's captain, Jasprit Bumrah has been on a tear for India. In the ongoing, delayed 5th Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham, the top speedster has been on fire against England. Bumrah ignited the ball during England's first innings of the Test match on Day 4 after making an impressive cameo with the bat in India's first innings. He then maintained his scorching form in the hosts' second innings (July 04).

India only managed to add 120 runs to their overnight total of 125/3 on Monday. At lunch, there was a 361-run advantage with Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja both undefeated on 17 and 13 runs, respectively.


In the post-lunch session, England skipper Ben Stokes destroyed the Indian tail with a barrage of bouncers, dismissing India for 245 in 81.5 overs in their second innings.

Alex Lees (56 off 65) and Zak Crawley (46 off 76), the opening batsmen for England, overpowered the Indian spinners as they chased down a total of 378 runs. But just before tea, Bumrah bowled Crawley.


Soon after the interval, he came back to claim Lees' wicket, giving him 23 in the series. The run out of Ollie Pope for a duck came next.


With centuries from Ravindra Jadeja (104 of 194) and Rishabh Pant (146 of 111), India totaled 416 in their opening innings. England's response was 284. Jonny Bairstow completed 106 of 140 for his third consecutive century.


India now leads 2-1 and needs at least a draw to win their fourth series in England in the course of 19 tours. In a Test series, India has never won three games in a row.

In a series against England, Jasprit Bumrah eclipsed Kapil Dev's previous record for most wickets taken by an Indian pacer. As of now in the second innings of the fifth Test, Bumrah has taken two wickets. In the five-match Test series, he has now taken 23 wickets. Earlier, during the 1981–82 series, Kapil Dev had taken 22 wickets. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who bagged 19 wickets in India's series against The Three Lions in 2014, is third on the list.


Bumrah is the sixth Indian bowler to reach 100 Test wickets while playing against SENA (South Africa, England, New Zealand, and Australia) nations on their home soil. He has also been demonstrating his value as a top pacer in those nations.


Jasprit Bumrah breaks Kapil Dev


Bumrah reached the milestone after clean bowling well-positioned opener Zak Crawley for 46 in the 22nd over of the fourth session on Day 4. When Crawley misjudged the ball, his bails flew off. After that, he promptly referred to an Ollie Pope in good standing as a duck.

Currently, Bumrah has 101 wickets in SENA nations. He joins Anil Kumble (141), Ishant Sharma (130), Zaheer Khan (119), Mohammed Shami (119), and Kapil Dev (119) as Indian bowlers to break the landmark. He also has 100 SENA wickets, becoming the fifth Indian pacer to do so.


The majority of his wickets have come from England among the four nations. He has taken a total of 37 wickets in nine games played in England, with an average of 25.18 and an economy rate of 2.67. His 5/64 bowling average is his best in English conditions.


Bumrah is captaining India for the first time in the Edgbaston Test because vice-captain KL Rahul and regular captain Rohit Sharma are both injured.


Bumrah was appointed earlier this year as the Indian team's vice-captain for the three-match ODI series in South Africa. Bumrah, the new 'Smiling Assassin' of Indian cricket, has the capacity to develop into 'Captain Marvel' if given full-time authority.

Bumrah will face a steep learning curve, and as a fast bowler, he will likely experience periods of injury rest as well as workload management breaks.

But when the time comes for the next leadership change in Indian cricket, the Ahmedabad-born slinger will be far more deserving than KL Rahul, who is widely seen as Rohit Sharma's natural successor in all forms.

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