Jasprit Bumrah’s exceptional performance on Day 2 of the India vs England 2nd Test at Vizag has once again brought him into the limelight, prompting discussions about his status as the greatest Indian pacer bowler. While it’s a subjective debate, Bumrah’s display on the docile Vizag pitch showcased his versatility and skill set.
Despite a challenging start, conceding 24 runs in his opening spell, Bumrah bounced back emphatically. Employing reverse swing, slower deliveries, and lethal toe-crushing yorkers, he dismantled the English batting line-up. His relentless approach resulted in crucial wickets, including England’s skipper Joe Root and the in-form Ollie Pope.
In the process, Bumrah achieved a significant milestone by becoming the 17th Indian bowler to reach 150 Test wickets. What sets him apart is the speed at which he accomplished this feat, becoming the third fastest among Indian bowlers in terms of matches played (34 Tests) and the fastest in terms of balls bowled (6781).
The turning point of Bumrah’s stellar performance came when he dismissed Ben Stokes, who was batting superbly with the tail. This wicket not only showcased Bumrah’s ability to strike at crucial moments but also marked his entry into the elite club of bowlers with nine five-wicket hauls in Test cricket.
Bumrah’s ability to adapt to different conditions and deliver under pressure further solidifies his reputation as a formidable force in Indian cricket. While the debate on the greatest Indian pacer may continue, Bumrah’s recent achievements and impact on the game certainly make a compelling case in his favor.
As he continues to evolve as a bowler, cricket enthusiasts eagerly await more match-winning performances from this modern-day maestro.