Team India is squaring off against New Zealand in the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final at Southampton. After Day 4 washed out due to rain, the action resumed on Tuesday. When the play resumed, the players instantly walked out on the field.
Meanwhile, India pacer Jasprit Bumrah who looked out of touch on day 3 was seen rushing back to the dressing room. Apparently, Bumrah was seen bowling wearing India’s regular Test jersey with the main sponsor mentioned at the center of the jersey.
Bumrah bowled the entire first over of the day with the wrong jersey and the rushed back to the dressing room between the overs to change it. For his second over of the day, Bumrah was back with the correct jersey and continued his spell.
As per International Cricket Council, in any ICC event, country’s name should be mentioned at the centre of the jersey and not the sponsor. The sponsors can be mentioned on the sleeves but not at an centre. However, an ICC Final in the Test format is happening for the first time and Jasprit Bumrah must have forgot that and hence made the error.
As long as Day 5 of the match is concerned, Mohammed Shami was the first to strike on day five as he removed the experienced Ross Taylor, thanks to Shubman Gill’s stunning take at short cover.
The 30-year old went on to remove BJ Watling by rearranging his stumps in his 18th over. Before Watling, Ishant Sharma dismissed Henry Nicholls for a single-figure score. New Zealand are currently trailing by 82 runs more, with only five wickets in hand. But their captain Kane Williamson has looked nearly immovable. With a pinch hitter in Colin de Grandhomme, the Kiwis will hope to wipe the lead out and snatch back the momentum.