R Ashwin Reacts As Jasprit Bumrah Replaces Him As No. 1 Test Bowler

Feb 11, 2024

Indian spin legend Ravichandran Ashwin has praised fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah's performance during the second Test against England, saying the real “show stealer” in the match was the “boomball”. England beat India by 28 runs in the first Test in Hyderabad to take a 1-0 lead, but Bumrah's 'boomball', his pin-point yorkers and his ability to put the batsmen under pressure gave England a very aggressive, positive And the result – the “baseball” approach was tested during the second Test in Visakhapatnam, which India won by 106 runs. Bumrah was given the 'Player of the Match' award for taking nine wickets, including six in the first innings. After the match, Bumrah soon overtook Ashwin to become the number one Test bowler in the world.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Ashwin said that Bumrah had bowled exceptionally and termed his climb to number one as a “Himalayan achievement”.

“The real show stealer was the boomball. Jasprit Bumrah has bowled exceptionally. He is the leading wicket-taker with 14 wickets and is also the number one ranked Test bowler. I am a huge fan of his and this is a Himalayan achievement. ” Ashwin said.

The spinner also praised young batsman Shubman Gill, who after 12 Test innings finally managed to reach a fifty-plus score by scoring a century in the second Test. Ashwin said Gill's talent is undeniable and this century vindicates his critics for the armor he has as a batsman.

Ashwin said, “There is no doubt about the talent that Shubman Gill has. But the century justified the armor he has as a batsman.”

Ashwin recalled that the match was tied on the fourth day, but the team's “extraordinary enthusiasm, energy and performance” helped them win. The veteran player, just one wicket short of 500 Test wickets, compared the excitement of this series to England's historic Ashes series win at home against Australia in 2005.

“We were tied on the fourth day. But our extraordinary enthusiasm, energy and team performance helped us level the series 1-1. England played a thrilling Ashes series against Australia in 2005 and I took great interest in Was.” Ashwin said, “I am feeling similar excitement about this series also.”

Ashwin said, the third Test will start from February 15 in Rajkot, which is the home of experienced middle-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara. Ashwin quipped that the team should wait and see if Pujara invites them home for dinner.

“A certified Indian legend who recently completed his 100 Test matches. We will play in his place. Ravindra Jadeja, Saurashtra. Rajkot Stadium is his home ground, but he is from Jamnagar. Let's wait and see if Cheteshwar Pujara gets invited.” Let's everyone go to our house for dinner,” Ashwin concluded.

Notably, Pujara has been scoring runs in the ongoing Ranji Trophy. This batsman, who is out of the team, has scored 648 runs in nine innings of six matches at an average of 81.00. He has scored two centuries and two half-centuries. His best score is 243. He is the third highest run scorer in the tournament.

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