JaspritBumrah’s wizardry

 JaspritBumrah’s figures of 6 for 19 against England at The Oval are the third-best for an Indian bowler in ODIs.


 Only behind Binny and Kumble


 Stuart Binny holds the record for the best figures for India in ODI cricket after he picked up 6 wickets while conceding just 4 runs against Bangladesh at Mirpur.


 Before Binny did the improbable, Anil Kumble had the record for a long time after he took 6 wickets while giving away just 12 runs against West Indies at Kolkata.


 Ashish Nehra and Kuldeep Yadav are also part of the list as both have taken 6 wickets against England at Durban and Nottingham, respectively.


Grounded star


 When Bumrah picked up 6 wickets while giving away just 19 runs in the first ODI of the three-match series between the two teams on the India tour of England in 2022, he became the holder of the third best figures by an Indian bowler in ODI cricket.


 “When there’s swing and seam movement, it is very exciting in white-ball cricket to get that opportunity because you have to be defensive with the kind of pitches we usually get. When I bowled the first ball, I found some swing and we tried to exploit that. When it doesn’t swing, I have to pull my lengths back. When the ball is doing something you don’t have to try a lot,” Bumrah said after winning the player of the match award.


 “When the wicket is flat your accuracy is tested. It is a good place to be when the ball is swinging. As soon as Shami bowled the first over, we had a conversation to go fuller. Very happy for him, he gets a lot of wickets. I told him when he beats the bat, that there would be days when he’d run through the side. When the ball is moving around, the keeper and the cordon is very active. Very happy that Rishabh has been working hard on his keeping as well as his batting.”


No chance


 England hardly stood a chance of coming back into the match as they were bowled out for just 110 courtesy of a Bumrah 6-fer.


 Interestingly, Bumrah dismissed the top 3 of England, Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root, to stump England. They were bowled out within just 25.2 overs, and India chased the total down without breaking a sweat to win by 10 wickets.

Saksham Mishra

Justifying hours of watching sports by scribbling down a few logical lines that might just about hold your interest. Was not talented enough to make it as a professional cricketer, so the next best logical option was to enroll in a Mass Communication course, and write about sports instead. Because, what else is there to write about in this world, right?
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