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Jadeja hails ‘serious batter’ Bumrah


By AFP
Published : 03 Jul 2022 08:55 PM

Ravindra Jadeja said scoring his first overseas Test hundred had given him "confidence" as he praised the batting heroics of India stand-in captain Jasprit Bumrah against England at Edgbaston on Saturday.

Rain meant only 38.5 overs of play was possible on the second day of the Covid-19 delayed final Test, with India already 2-1 ahead in a five-match series.

But in that time India still smashed 78 runs in 11.5 overs, with Jadeja extending his overnight 83 not out to 104 in a first-innings total of 416.

The run-spree also included Stuart Broad conceding a new Test record 35 runs in a single over.

Tailender Bumrah hit Broad for 29 off the bat, with the paceman also sending down five wides and a no-ball hit for six.

Bumrah, captaining India for the first time after regular skipper Rohit Sharma was sidelined by coronavirus, then starred in his more familiar new-ball role by removing all of England's top three as the hosts slumped to 84-5 at stumps.

Jadeja completed a well-made century after playing a supporting role while Rishabh Pant made a dashing 146 during a partnership of 222 on Friday that rescued India from the depths of 98-5.

"To do it outside India, especially in England to hit a hundred as a player is a really big thing," spin-bowling all-rounder Jadeja told reporters. 

"I can really take some confidence in myself as a player from this, to score a hundred in England especially in swinging conditions, it feels really good."

Jadeja added Bumrah's innings was no fluke, "Whenever Bumrah bats in the nets he takes it seriously. It is not like when he bats he has a casual approach, he puts a price on his wicket."