On Day 2 of the ongoing Day/Night Test in Bengaluru, Jasprit Bumrah picked up his first five-wicket haul on home soil with figures of 5/24 to dismiss Sri Lanka for 109. Bumrah, who is 28 years old, dismissed Kusal Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, and Lasith Embuldeniya.
Bumrah’s fifth five-wicket haul in 29 Tests was his first on home soil. He took three wickets on the first day and added two more on the second, dismissing overnight batsman Embuldeniya for one and Dickwella for 21 runs. Along with fast bowler Mohammed Shami, spinner Ravichandran Ashwin finished the innings with two wickets.
Parthiv Patel on Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah‘s bowling exploits in first-class cricket were remembered by Parthiv Patel, who said the pacer used to bowl a lot of bouncers to tailenders while coming around the wicket. The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman also praised Bumrah for being an all-rounder for India, regardless of the conditions.
“There was never any doubt about Bumrah being a bowler for all conditions. He got the chance today and showed he can be effective even when the pitch is offering little swing. He removed the top-order with movement and plucked wickets with slower ones today. His range shows you his capability and adjusting to the surface. You have to modify your bowling according to the conditions and situation. He’s proved his ability in every country and he picked up a fifer to put India in a good position today,” Parthiv said.
“When he came to play Test cricket, he had played a lot of Ranji Trophy. I talked about his range because he uses yorkers to remove tailenders but bowls different lines to other batters. He used to bowl bouncer while coming round the wicket, which is one thing that we haven’t seen him doing much in international cricket. But he used to do that a lot in first-class cricket. Knowing his own strength and its repetitions helps Bumrah adjusts to new things,” he added.
With a win in the ongoing pink-ball game, India will take a 2-0 lead in the Test series. They had won the first Test by an innings and 222 runs in Mohali.