India pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who produced a hostile spell of fast bowling to put India on brink of a comprehensive victory in the ongoing third Test against England, believes one has to be consistent and patient to take wickets in the longest format of the game.
Coming back from injury, Bumrah (5/85 in 29 overs) wreaked havoc with the second new ball after stiff resistance from Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes as England barely survived at 311 for 9 in pursuit of an improbable target of 521 runs. This was Burmah’s second five-wicket haul in only fourth Test match.
The 24-year-old is known for his precise yorkers in T20 and ODI cricket but all his dismissals at Trent Bridge came off deliveries that were bowled on a good length or just short of it.
“In white-ball cricket, you try to outsmart the batsman. Here, it is all about patience and consistency. That was my main focus today. You can’t blast the batsman out in Test cricket. I was looking to bowl good lengths and lines, and challenge the batsmen with that. In the end, it was a good day,” Bumrah told media at the end of the day’s play on Tuesday.
“I was looking to bowl good lengths and always challenge the batsmen with good lengths and good line. So, in the end, it was a good day. I got the edge (off Root),” he added while saying that he enjoyed his contest with both Joe Root and Buttler, adding that consistency is the key to bowling in these conditions.
“I was just focusing on my strengths, what has worked for me before. I’ve got him out 2-3 times in the IPL as well and in the nets as well. I was just focusing on that, what has helped me when I was bowling to him. I have a clear plan, a clear head and a clear space of mind,” the right-arm pacer said.
He also attributed his quick return from an injury and the subsequent second five-wicket haul in Test cricket to the hard work he does away from the camera and fitness regime.
“When I made my first-class debut, my first spell was of 10 overs. So I was always used to bowling lot of overs in Ranji Trophy, which always helps. That helped me today as well,” he said.
“When I was injured I was working on my fitness and my training schedules. I was always in touch with our trainers so that whenever I come (back) I should be in good space. All of that helps today,” added Bumrah.
This was the seamer’s second five-wicket haul in Test cricket, an effort that paved the way for India’s comeback in the series after trailing 0-2.
Adil Rashid (30) and James Anderson (8) were at the crease when umpires dislodged the bails for the day. England, with just one wicket in hand, will need another 210 runs on the final day, an almost impossible proposition. However, when the two teams take the field on Wednesday, the only question to see would be as to how soon India will take the final wicket to make it 1-2 in the five-match rubber.
(With PTI inputs)