Jasprit Bumrah’s over to English pacer James Anderson on the fourth day of the Lord’s Test is one of the most famous incidents of the match. Surprisingly, the one over to Anderson from Jasprit Bumrah was the wake up call for the hosts, who were not even aware of what the visitors were capable of doing.
Apart from a couple of deliveries, most of them were directed at Anderson’s body in the over and this is what left Anderson and the whole England team annoyed. After the conclusion of the fourth day, it seemed that the English pacer had a lot on his mind to say to Bumrah.
England, on day 5 tried the same tactics against Bumrah and had hit his helmet twice or thrice. However, their action bounced back as tailenders Bumrah and Mohammed Shami stitched a match-winning partnership of 89 runs.
Recently, while speaking to the Tailenders podcast, the English pacer opened up on the incident when he faced deadly bouncers by Bumrah. Anderson feels that the Indian pacer was not trying to get him out.
“I got caught off guard a little bit because all the batters coming in were saying how slow the pitch was. Banged in short; it was really slow. When I came out to bat, Joe said Bumrah was not bowling as quick as he normally does.
“And then, the first ball was 90 miles an hour and on the money, wasn’t it? And it felt like, I haven’t felt like this ever in my career. I felt he wasn’t trying to get me out,” James Anderson said while speaking to the Tailenders Podcast.
Speaking more on the over, James Anderson said that only a couple of deliveries from Jasprit Bumrah were at stumps while most of them were directed at his body at pace.
“I felt he wasn’t trying to get me out. He bowled an over, maybe 10, 11, 12 balls. He was bowling no-ball after no-ball, bowling short. I think he bowled two on the stumps which I managed to dig out. So for me, it was just about trying to survive that and get Joe back on strike,” he added.
The third Test between England and India will be played from August 25 in Headingley. However, ahead of the Leeds Test, England suffered a massive blow as their main man Mark Wood had ruled out of the third Test with a jarred shoulder.