Nasser Hussain feels that ‘magical’ Jasprit Bumrah ended up being the difference between both sides in Vizag as India levelled the series with a big win on February 5.
Bumrah delivered a stellar performance in the second Test against England, held in Visakhapatnam. His exceptional skill was on full display as he claimed a total of nine wickets in the match, including six in the first innings, which played a pivotal role in India’s 106-run victory. This win leveled the five-match series at 1-1 for India.
Bumrah’s six-wicket haul on day two was particularly devastating, as it included the dismissal of key players like Joe Root and Ben Stokes, and that spectacular delivery to Ollie Pope which left England with a significant deficit.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Hussain claimed that the magic of Jasprit Bumrah was the main reason why India ended up winning the match for India.
“It was a fantastic test match. Brilliant pitch, two brilliant sides going hard at each other. Went one way, then the other. England fighting hard as they often do, they often give away a first innings lead, as they did in the first Test.
But they fought back well with their performance yesterday, and I think really, it was just the magic of Jasprit Bumrah. He got three for today, but that spell in the first innings, six for 40 odd and blew away England for 250 on a really good flat pitch. The magic of Bumrah and that ball he bowled to Ollie Pope. And that spell ball in the end was the difference for me between the two sides,” said Hussain.
The former England skipper felt that the Indian team were touched by the genius of Bumrah in the Test in Vizag and it helped them claim the win in the end.
Sometimes you could be critical of your own team. Sometimes you just have to look at the opposition and go, ‘You know what they were touched by genius today, and that’s exactly what happened.