Pataudi Trophy 2021, 4th Test: How did Jasprit Bumrah convince Virat Kohli for the ball on Day 5
India was all over England on Day 5 of the fourth Test at The OVsl, thus securing a 157-run win. Jasprit Bumrah wreaked havoc on the middle-order, and here's how he convinced Virat Kohli for the ball.
If anyone knows how to turn the momentum in its favour, it's Team India, as it did against England on Day 5 of the fourth Test for the Pataudi Trophy at The Oval in London. While it was all about England in the opening session of the day on Monday, it was in the second session that India turned the tide completely, rattling England's batting order and securing a praiseworthy win.
While all the Indian bowlers contributed equally and played a decisive role in the win, the talk of them all was pacer Jasprit Bumrah, whose two wickets of Ollie Pope (2) and Jonny Bairstow (0) broked England's middle-order spirit. As a result, it sealed England's fate in the Test.
Meanwhile, what was notable was that Bumrah provided the breakthrough at a crucial time when it seemed that the English batsmen were set. After the dismissal of opener Haseeb Hameed (63), at the score of 141/3, Bumrah decided to have a go at the incoming batsmen.
While he wasn't effective until then, he just rattled the two batsmen. Meanwhile, speaking during the post-match press conference, he said that he wanted the incoming batsmen to create mistakes by piling pressure, as he convinced skipper Virat Kohli to give him the ball, which the latter eventually did.
Bumrah revealed that after the lunch break, India's only mindset was to create pressure. The team had the belief in itself, and while the pitch was flat, the bowlers needed patience and control, which they eventually exhibited.
Bumrah further reckoned that it is always challenging to bowl in international cricket, even with a good wicket to bowl, as one needs to bowl in the right areas. The team conveyed the message throughout the innings and the entire Test, while he expressed his happiness and wished to carry the same momentum in Manchester.
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