Jasprit Bumrah was unavailable for the first two tests against England but in the third test, he marked his bounce back by handing India its most wanted victory at Trent Bridge. India registered its first victory in the five-game series against England. The innings of England ended with the fall of James Anderson to Ravichandran Ashwin. This victory was possible by the five-wicket haul of Jasprit Bumrah in the second innings.
The performance of Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, and Ishant Sharma marked India’s victory. Ishant Sharma showed the maturity the team needed from such an experienced bowler. The five-wicket haul of Hardik Pandya in the first innings and the repetition of the feat in the second innings by Jasprit Bumrah are important contributions which resembled the performances of Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar four years ago against England.
In the first two tests, no batsmen except Kohli took the stand to hand India a good score. The pacers Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami picked a decent number of wickets but India lost the first test with a minor margin. Ishant Sharma picked the wickets of Stuart Board, Chris Woakes on Day 4 of the third test. We were aware of Bumrah’s performance in the test series against South Africa and he picked 14 wickets from three test matches. Later, after the IPL, he suffered a thumb injury in the second T20I against Ireland.
Jasprit Bumrah broke the stand of Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler who troubled India for more than four hours by dismissing Buttler. Then, he picked Jonny Bairstow to collapse the hosts. His bowling action replicated Courtney Walsh and Makhaya Ntini in certain occasions in the third game. The commentator Michael Holding said that the dismissal of Chris Woakes by Jasprit Bumrah is one of the best bouncers he had ever seen.
Another talking point from the third test is England slipped crucial wickets in many occasions. Virat Kohli and KL Rahul got lives from the misfielding of the English fielders. This contributed to their landmark scores in the game. In addition, Indian captain Virat Kohli stood as the first Indian batsman to score 400 runs in the test series against England from three test matches.
Mohammed Shami made decent contributions in the three test matches and injury of Ravichandran Ashwin is the point of worry for the team. But the gap of eight days for the fourth test match may support his recovery. After the memorable victory of 203 runs, team compositions for the fourth game are a point of worry for the Indian squad. However, Kohli may keep his record of not repeating the same team in the test format with the next game.