Stand-in skipper Jasprit Bumrah was named India’s Player of the Series after the conclusion of the five-match Test series. Coming from behind, England played some scintillating cricket on the last couple of days to beat India by seven wickets at Edgbaston to level the series 2-2. The hosts chased down 378 runs, riding on unbeaten centuries from Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow.
Despite below par returns in this Test, Bumrah has been India’s standout performer in this series, four of which were played last year. The Gujarat-born fast bowler finished with 23 wickets at an average of 22.47, including a five-wicket haul. He rightly deserved the award.
Meanwhile, Player of the Match and Player of the Series winners in Tests in England are awarded a medal and a champagne bottle. Bumrah, however, just wore the medal and proceeded to speak to post-match presenter Mark Butcher, leaving the champagne bottle untouched.
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Jasprit Bumrah, who was named captain for the Birmingham Test after Rohit Sharma was ruled out due to COVID-19, had an impressive debut game as leader. He broke the record for the most runs scored in an over by a batter, slamming Stuart Broad for 29 runs. He was also India’s most consistent bowler, picking up five wickets in the match.
“Could’ve been a little straighter with our bowling lines” – Jasprit Bumrah
Bumrah has conceded that their bowlers erred with their line and length, which helped England walk away with the Edgbaston Test with two sessions to spare. England gunned down a record chase of 378 runs, riding on twin centuries from Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow.
Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, he said, “We could have been a little straighter in our bowling lines and used the variable bounce.”
While Bumrah and Mohammad Shami posed some difficulties for the English batters on Day 4, they looked short of ideas as Root and Bairstow cruised through on the final day.