Former West Indies fast bowler Michael Holdings feels that Jasprit Bumrah is not a new ball bowler. But it seems like Bumrah is adamant in proving him wrong. Being able to swing the ball is a must-have trait for an opening bowler. The 24-year-old did that when he opened the bowling on the fourth Test as well and stunned the world with a beautiful inswinger to take opener Keaton Jennings’ wicket.
Bumrah tactically set up Jennings by bowling two outswingers followed by one sharp inswinger to catch him off-guard. The left-handed opener was bamboozled by the delivery as he could not even offer a shot. All he did was awkwardly get struck on the pads, plumb in front of the stumps.
The ball swung a massive 3.77 degrees. The 26-year-old has scored just 94 runs in 7 innings but the booming inswinger from Bumrah was almost unplayable for him.
Here’s the video of the dismissal:
— Ricky Mangidis (@rickm18) August 30, 2018
There were mixed reactions on Twitter as few lambasted the opener while others just praised it as a peach of a delivery from Bumrah:
Lawrie, that ball from Bumrah would have trapped the best player in the world, He had never bowled this particular kind of ball before. It was almost a freak delivery. Jennings cannot be blamed for the manner in which he was trapped.
— Alan Wilkins (@alanwilkins22) August 30, 2018
Jennings out for nought, lbw offering no shot to booming inswinger. Batsman looking to leave, misjudging line and swing – sure signs of lack of form and confidence
— John Etheridge (@JohnSunCricket) August 30, 2018
“It is the first time I’ve seen anything like that in this series”@BeefyBotham defends Jennings as Bumrah swings one in after four teasing outswingers.
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) August 30, 2018
Absolute ripper from Bumrah embarrasses Jennings – hooping one back and thundering into the pads with the left-hander offering an ungainly no-shot
First one that’s gone that way#EngvInd
— Ed Kemp (@Ed_Wisden) August 30, 2018
— King Cricket (@TheKingsTweets) August 30, 2018
Holding didn’t rate Bumrah as a new ball bowler. Not surprised then.
— Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) August 30, 2018
The ball from Jasprit Bumrah to dismiss Jennings swung 3.77° – Bumrah has only bowled two deliveries which have swung more in his entire Test career. #ENGvIND
— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) August 30, 2018
Jennings was leaving that the moment Bumrah started his run-up. Grim. #EngvInd
— Vithushan Ehantharajah (@Vitu_E) August 30, 2018
RIP Keaton Jennings Test career, clueless idiot.
— Ahmed (@azkhawaja1) August 30, 2018
Looks like Jennings has pre meditated that… decided that ball was going to go across him but Bumrah can swing both ways #dangerous
— Nick Compton (@thecompdog) August 30, 2018
Jennings out playing no stroke. I refer you to my 900 previous tweets on this subject. Sure he’s a lovely fella, but he’s not a Test opener, in any way.
— Adam Parsons (@AdamParsons1) August 30, 2018
The 24-year-old fast bowler could have had the perfect first session on Day 1 of the fourth Test but he got skipper Joe Root’s wicket off a no ball. Despite being in good form, bowling no balls seems to be a norm for him.
However, he made up for the blunder by taking wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow’s wicket towards the end of his first spell.