Eng vs IND – 5th Test – 2022 – ‘Yesterday we ran out of bat’

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It started with a nine-wicket haul at Trent Bridge over a year ago and ended with a world record batting at Edgbaston. In between there was a spell of workhorse at Lord’s and magic at The Oval – all of which contributed to his 23 wickets, the most by an Indian bowler in a Test series in England. Then came the captaincy.
Essentially, that should have been all Jasprit Bumrah could have asked for, right? This was not the case. He and India would have loved to pick up a series win in England, but it didn’t happen. The fifth Test, originally due to be played in Manchester last September, ended with England achieving their all-time highest pursuit in Test cricket – 378 – with seven wickets in hand.

A disappointed Bumrah cited India’s batting lapses in the second inning as the turning point of the Test. India lost their last seven wickets for 92 to fold for 245.

“That’s the beauty of Test cricket, isn’t it? Even if you have three good days, you have to keep coming and keeping up the good performance,” he said. “I think yesterday [Monday], we missed the bat and had to come back with the ball. This is the phase where we let the opposition in, and the momentum got away from us.”

Bumrah credited England’s fighting spirit and ability to take the lead at key moments. “Ifs and buts… if you come back you could say in the first game if it hadn’t been raining we could have won the series, but that’s the way the game of cricket is,” did he declare. “England played very well, they put pressure on us.

“We were even going forward in the game, but they kept fighting, and they played better than us in the second set and won the game. So yeah, a hard fought series, but that’s the result ideal, isn’t it? Both teams played good cricket.”

Bumrah praised Rishabh Pant, who turned things around on opening day by lifting India from deep 98 for 5 with a counterattack of 146 from 111 balls. His sixth-wicket stand of 222 runs with Ravindra Jadeja set the tone for India’s 416.

“He’s taking his chance. Him and Jaddu [Jadeja] really put us back in the game because we were really struggling at that time. [At] 98 for 5 England were ahead. They counterattacked and put us in the game, and we were ahead in the game. That’s the beauty of Test cricket, we have different characters on our team. He [Pant] takes his chances, supports his game and goes all the way. So, very happy for him, he had a very good game.”

Having tasted the title of test captain, was that something he was happy to give back to Rohit Sharma? Or does he see himself in the hot seat in the future?

“It’s something I don’t decide,” he said. “It was a good challenge. I always liked the responsibility. That’s how I always played cricket. It was a new challenge, I learned a lot and I was much more involved in the game. Very happy, it was an honor to lead the team. It was a great experience.”

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