The second day of the Visakhapatnam Test between India and England unfolded with a captivating display of Indian bowling prowess, leaving the visitors in a precarious position at stumps. Resuming their innings from an overnight score of 336, India were quickly dismissed for 396, adding just 60 runs to their overnight total. However, the day truly belonged to the Indian bowlers, who wreaked havoc on the English batting line-up, reducing them to a paltry 253 all out.
Jasprit Bumrah emerged as the undisputed hero of the day, weaving his magic with a sensational six-wicket haul. His fiery pace and pinpoint accuracy proved too much to handle for the English batsmen, who succumbed to his relentless pressure. Bumrah's spell was nothing short of a masterclass in fast bowling, leaving the Visakhapatnam crowd in awe and the England dressing room in despair.
England's innings began quite well as at one point in time, they were well-placed at 114-2. However, the Indian bowling attack, led by the magnificent Bumrah, proved too strong. Wickets fell at regular intervals, and England's hopes of a competitive total dwindled with each dismissal. India's turn to bat again arrived and the openers, Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal managed to see of the day unscathed with 28 runs on the board.
"People try magic balls every other ball"
In an interview with the official broadcasters after the day's proceedings, Jasprit Bumrah downplayed the notion of any special tricks behind his exceptional six-wicket haul. Instead, he emphasized the importance of sticking to the fundamentals. Bumrah also elaborated on the value of patience and further highlighted the significance of planning. "People try magic balls every other ball, but you have to be patient, set the batter up. You have to have a plan, use your deliveries wisely," he said.
His response suggests a measured approach, prioritizing focus and execution over any unorthodox tactics. This adds another layer to his exceptional performance, highlighting not just skill but also the strategic mind of a true bowling champion.