Ashwin, Jadeja, and Bumrah praised Axar’s Bairstow scalp as the best of the day when they looked back on their victories.
India’s bowling quartet—Jasprit Bumrah, Axar Patel, Ravi Ashwin, and Ravindra Jadeja—displayed their skill against England in the opening Test at Hyderabad on Thursday in an intense match. On the first day, the Indian bowling unit displayed exceptional performance, dismissing the visitors for a mere 246 runs. The Indian attack was brilliant, taking three wickets apiece from Ashwin and Jadeja and two each from Bumrah and Axar. This created a formidable atmosphere for the rest of the Test series.
Axar’s dismissal of Bairstow and Bumrah’s captivating delivery to England captain Ben Stokes were two of the game’s most memorable moments. When Ashwin, Jadeja, and Bumrah looked back on their victories, they all praised Axar’s Bairstow scalp as the best of the day. Ashwin praised the delivery, calling it a “dream ball” for any bowler and expressing amazement at Axar’s ability to take wickets from unusual positions.
“I thought the delivery from Axar Patel to Jonny Bairstow was excellent. From a wide arc, he got this strange angle. The hitters want to keep their pads safe. I believe that once Jonny gave it a little attention, it straightened out enough to take off. That’s every bowler’s dream,” Ashwin stated in a BCCI video.
“I will go with Axar Patel (getting Bairstow) because that ball has changed the momentum of the innings,” Jadeja stated.
“I believe Axar got a big wicket because they were having a successful partnership at the time. It was a delivery peach. A normal delivery from a spinner,” Bumrah remarked.
As the favorite, Axar takes Bumrah’s wicket off Stokes.
The left-arm spinner identified his own favorite shot of the day’s play as Jasprit Bumrah’s delivery to Ben Stokes, drawing praise from his teammates. He praised Bumrah’s performance, highlighting how the pacer beat the England skipper with cunning. Bumrah’s delivery, which had a speed of 137.7 kph, was tilted in and abruptly jagged out from a decent distance. As Stokes moved down the pitch in an attempt to retaliate, the ball smashed against his off-stump, confusing him and leaving him helpless.
“I choose Bumrah to get rid of Stokes. He bowled two slower deliveries before bowling a fast outswinger, as I observed on the replay. Axar remarked, “I thought that was a really good delivery; he was trying to step out and hit, but Bumrah outperformed him.”