Jasprit Bumrah: Right arm fast and brilliant

Jasprit Bumrah: Right arm fast. The classification is supervised by Bumrah. He is many in one—a versatile new ball trader; an old ball virtuoso, a seam artist; Supreme length-wanderer, an all-form freak of nature, an amulet and a matchwinner, an icon and an entertainer. On Saturday, he was above all, and pure theatre.

There are many reasons why viewers flock to watch him in the flesh or to turn on the television when he is nailing down his unique action. Apart from the sense of accomplishment that would grow with the years, the desperation to be a part of it almost in some way or the other on the day Bumrah did it, Bumrah brought something or the other for everyone. To the masses, he gifts the visceral thrill of playing the stumps and blasting pads of a supersonic fast bowler; The joys of her subtle subtleties for purists; the mechanics of their action for scientists; For the students of sports, the light of knowledge; And for the audience watching from the stands, a song to their tune, a beat to their beat.

If Bumrah doesn’t make you fall in love with cricket, then probably nothing will happen in cricket in this decade.

He started Super Saturday, honing in on his powers to entertain. His 16-ball 31 was both pantomime and cult. He sent off Stuart Broad, a retro headband and 550 Test wickets in yet another piece of cricketing notoriety – 35 runs in an over, 31 runs off his bat. No one has scored as many runs in a single over in Tests as Bumrah did—not Rishabh Pant or Virender Sehwag; Not Brian Lara or Viv Richards.

Using the word “score” to denote those 31 runs hardly does it justice, or captures the essence of those 31 runs. You can call it nimble, whimsical or spectacle, but all that embellishes the entertainment package is Bumrah. It will be one of the most chaotic overs ever in cricket – a top-wide that is over a long-leg fielder, five wides, a top-edge six off a no ball, a French-cut four, a have that ended He crashes to the surface (Ala Pant), a one-legged six (Ala Gordon Greenidge) and a comedic single.

In between, Bumrah was joking with partner Mohammad Siraj. His companions were also in the dressing room. But to assess the effect of their knock, however accidental, one had to zoom in on the faces of Broad and his captain Ben Stokes. Broad trapped in a Gothic castle with ghosts that looked like someone pale; For the first time since becoming the captain, Stokes has been blown away and there is a fear of a storm of luck.

Those 35 runs not only took India to 416, a target that seemed impossible when they were 100/5 at one point, but also destroyed them psychologically. The last three added 93 and the last pair added 41 runs. This was not the first time he had hurt England with the bat – 34 not out at Lord’s and 24 at the Oval were useful. However, don’t call him an all-rounder yet. Stokes blew his cheeks in relief when the partnership finally came to an end, with James Anderson eating Siraj for his 32nd five-wicket haul in Tests.


Then the real storm kicked in. Bumrah with the new ball. His transformation from a goofball to an executioner. From Robin Williams to Al Pacino. He has bowled 6052 balls in Test cricket, before making a blistering start at Birmingham City End. Every move, every move, every move, every cell of his bowling body may have been torn apart, yet he is still unmatched. There are batsmen who have played him well but haven’t mastered him. Joe Root has found success against India during Bumrah’s era, but Bumrah has caught him six times. It is a lesson that great bowlers can be decoded but cannot be restrained. They find their way, they plot their own, sometimes resorting to routine.

Just like Bumrah did Alex Lease. After softening it with goers over the stump, he came around the stump and dropped one on his stump. Zack Crowley and Ollie Pope were pulled out the same way, behind a flashing drive away from the body. He found more zip and nip than most English bowlers; He was suffocated and suffocated with the speed, bounce and speed from the surface. So the sight of a loose ball, rather an illusion, lit up his eyes. England reeled in at 44/3 before Siraj dismissed Joe Root before Root and Bairstow did the recovery act.

But it was another day when Bumrah ran the show, playing one role after another. Bumrah: Right arm fast. all. The most. Pure Theatre.


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