Updated: September 7, 2021 10:33:50 am
England’s bid for its highest successful run-chase in Test cricket was stalled by the brilliance of Jasprit Bumrah. This was after the Indian fast bowler etched his name in the history books by becoming the fastest Indian pacer to reach 100 Test wickets. Bumrah broke the record held by Kapil Dev as he achieved the milestone in 24 matches. Kapil Dev had done it in 25 Tests.
Bumrah picked up the wicket of Ollie Pope in the second session on Day 5 to become the 23rd Indian bowler to reach the 100 Test wickets landmark. He is also the joint-8th fastest Indian to achieve the feat of a century of wickets along with Ravindra Jadeja, both of whom did it in their 24th Test match.
1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ Test wickets for Bumrah! 💥
He shatters the stumps and gets there in true Bumrah style!
— Sony Sports (@SonySportsIndia) September 6, 2021
Among all Indians with 100 or more Test wickets, Bumrah has the best average. Kapil Dev (25), Irfan Pathan (28), his teammate Mohammed Shami (29), Javagal Srinath (30) and teammate Ishant Sharma (33) were the other seamers who reached the 100-wicket club in quick time.
Bumrah is now 22nd on the list of highest wicket-takers for India in Tests, the list being led by spin legend Anil Kumble (619 wickets).
1.3 degrees swing – reverse swing.
Full, targeting the stumps.
India’s WinViz lifted by 50%.
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) September 6, 2021
Bumrah whose lethal weapon is yorker has been the key man for his captain Virat Kohli. In a hostile spell of fast bowling, Bumrah’s pinpoint accuracy has put India in the driver’s seat at the Oval.
Before the Oval, he has picked 12 victims from two Tests he played and is closely followed by Mohammed Siraj who has 11 wickets. In the Lord’s Test which India won, Bumrah took three wickets in the second innings.
Take a bow @Jaspritbumrah93 ! That spell of 18.104.22.168 was outstanding and the spell of the summer so far. A class above any other fast bowler in this test match on a flat wicket ! Outstanding @SkyCricket 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) September 6, 2021
Bumrah also contributed with his bat when scored 24 and added 36 runs for ninth wicket in the company of Umesh Yadav who struck 25.
England started the day under a bright sky and on 77-0, requiring 291 more runs to set a new national record for a fourth-innings chase — bettering the 362-9 scored by a Ben Stokes-inspired team against Australia at Headingley in 2019.