"Bumrah's Masterclass": Waqar Younis Extols Indian Pacer's Yorker that Stuns Ollie Pope

    Sunil Aswal
    February4/ 2024
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    Bumrah's Brilliance and Record-Breaking Feats Illuminate India's Dominance in Second Test

    Jasprit Bumrah

    New Delhi : The cricket world witnessed a spectacle in the second Test between India and England as legendary Pakistan pacer Waqar Younis showered accolades on India's pace sensation, Jasprit Bumrah. Bumrah's remarkable bowling performance, highlighted by a fiery yorker that dismantled England's Ollie Pope, earned him praise from one of the greats of the game.

    The second day of the Test match unfolded with several noteworthy moments, including Yashasvi Jaiswal's maiden double century, Zak Crawley's aggressive counterattack, and Bumrah's impressive six-wicket haul. Responding to a query on X (formerly Twitter) about whether Bumrah's delivery to Pope reminded him of any other bowler, Waqar replied, "Can't think of anyone, Hemant. Bumrah's Magic." 

    Bumrah achieved a significant milestone, becoming the fastest Indian speedster to reach 150+ wickets in Test cricket, accomplishing the feat after delivering 6781 balls. Umesh Yadav secured the second spot with 7661 balls, followed by Mohammed Shami and Kapil Dev with 7755 and 8378 balls, respectively.

    On Saturday, Bumrah achieved another feat, displacing Kapil Dev by dismissing the opposition's third, fourth, fifth, and sixth batters in a Test innings in India. Kapil Dev had set the record in 1983 against West Indies in Ahmedabad with a remarkable spell of 9/83.

    Among bowlers with 150 Test wickets, Bumrah boasts the second-best bowling average at 20.28, trailing only Syd Barnes of England (16.43). Waqar, with 789 international wickets, remains one of Pakistan's greatest pacers and a luminary in international cricket. Bumrah, with 375 international wickets in just 185 appearances, is steadily ascending the ranks of cricket's all-time great pacers.

    Turning to the ongoing match, India concluded day two at 28/0, with skipper Rohit Sharma (13*) and Yashasvi Jaiswal (15*) remaining unbeaten. On day three, they are poised to extend their lead to 400 runs, thanks to a century by Shubman Gill.

    Under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma, India's outstanding performance saw them bundling out England for 253 in the first innings, securing a commanding 143-run lead. While Zak Crawley's aggressive innings (76 in 78 balls) posed a threat, Bumrah and spinner Kuldeep Yadav (3/71) dismantled the rest of the English lineup.

    India posted a respectable total of 396 runs in their first innings, led by Yashasvi Jaiswal's maiden double-hundred (209 in 290 balls), with valuable contributions from Shubman Gill, Rajat Patidar, Shreyas Iyer, and Axar Patel."

    —Input from Agencies