James Anderson faced a 10-ball over from Jasprit Bumrah in the second Test at Lord’s.© AFP
England veteran James Anderson reminisced about his fight with India’s Jasprit Bumrah, which took place at Lord’s during the second Test of the five-match series. Anderson faced a 10-ball over from Bumrah, who fired at all cylinders in search of his first wicket in the match. The 39-year-old managed to survive Bumrah’s bouncer barrage, but lost his wicket to Mohammed Shami in the next over. Recalling the experience of one of the most intimidating spells in Test cricket, Anderson said he has never experienced anything like it in his career.
On a BBC podcast called ‘Tailenders’, Anderson said he was caught off guard as he faced Bumrah in the first innings of the second Test.
“I was a bit taken aback because all the batters that came in said how slow the field was, when it’s hit short it’s very slow. Likewise, when I came out to hit, Joe Root said that Bumrah doesn’t bowl because fast as he normally does. And then the first ball was 90 mph on the money, wasn’t it?”
“After that I didn’t feel that way again, I don’t think I’ve ever played in my career, I felt like he wasn’t trying to get me out. He threw an over that was maybe 10, 11, 12 balls, bowling no ball after no ball and bowling short I think he threw two on the stumps which I managed to dig out,” he added.
England managed to take a small lead in the first innings, but lost the plot on the final day when Bumrah and Shami set an 89 run unbeaten run for the ninth wicket to give Indian the command.
The Indian bowlers fired together in the second innings to knock out England for 120 and take a 1-0 series lead in the run of five games.
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