Former England captain bows down to Jasprit Bumrah after his sensational six-wicket haul in Vizag

Former England and opener Alastair Cook praised Jasprit Bumrah for his fiery six-wicket spell against India on a placid wicket which dismantled England's batting order in the 1st innings in the 2nd test at Vizag.

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Alastair Cook praises Jasprit Bumrah for his six-wicket haul. Source- Google

After losing the 1st Test of the five-match series from a commanding position and with some of their key players injured or unavailable, India entered the 2nd Test against England with some recent demons. But some inspiring performances from individuals have put India in a dominating position in the 2nd Test.

First, a scintillating double ton from the young Yashasvi Jaiswal took India to a decent 1st inning total of 396 runs on a slow yet decent batting wicket on Day 1. Despite a decent total, many felt that India was still some runs short on a placid wicket, but Jasprit Bumrah has some other plans. 

He took the pitch out of the question, and what was termed as a wicket favouring the spinners, Jasprit Bumrah took six wickets in England’s first innings and broke the back of their batting line-up. It was a spell for the ages as it was a perfect display of accuracy and reverse swing by Jasprit Bumrah

With the help of Buramh’s sensational bowling prowess, India managed to restrict England to only 253 runs in their first innings and gained a substantial lead of 143 runs in the first innings.

Former England Captain Alastair Cook was full of praises for Bumrah

Jasprit Bumrah garnered praise from cricketing experts all around the world for accuracy, precision, and the uniqueness that he brings with his brilliant use of angles. Former England and opener Alastair Cook also joined the bandwagon and praised Bumrah wholeheartedly.

While speaking to TNT Sports, Alastair Cook said, “Bumrah jumped in and ripped the heart out of the England batting line-up. I’ve faced Bumrah several times, but I don’t think I’ve ever faced him bowling as well as that. His awkwardness, his different angles, he creates a different vision for the batter and it makes him sometimes unplayable.”

He also said that Jasprit Bumrah took the slow pitch out of the equation and stopped the formidable English batting line-up from scoring big even after a good start from Duckett and Crawley.

Cook said, “Root was first to go, Pope to an unplayable in-swinging yorker, Bairstow and Stokes to falling to Bumrah. He has changed the game. He took the pitch out of it; it was down to him and him only. 253 all out is well below par.” 

“England have let an opportunity slip from 110-1, but I think that at some stage you have to doff your cap to the opposition,” he concluded.

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