After 35 years, a pacer is leading the Indian cricket team in the ongoing fifth and final Test match against England at the Edgbaston in Birmingham. Jasprit Bumrah became only the 2nd Indian fast bowler after the legendary Kapil Dev to lead India in Tests. Also, this is for the first time that Bumrah will be leading a team in his cricketing career.
Jasprit Bumrah Gave A Perfect Reply To Mark
On Friday, Jasprit Bumrah walked out for his first toss as Indian captain and it turned out to be an eventful one as the Indian pacer and former England opener Mark Butcher, who was also the presenter, got into a little debate over fast bowler vs all-rounder.
Well, England’s captain Ben Stokes won the toss and opted to field first in the rescheduled fifth Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham. After a brief conversation with Stokes, Mark congratulated Bumrah for donning the captain’s armband for the first time and said he is the first pacer to lead India in Tests.
Bumrah was quick to counter Mark Butcher with Kapil Dev’s name to which Mark responded by saying that he was an all-rounder.
Here’s the transcript of the conversation that took place during the toss.
Butcher: Congratulations! Not often do we have fast bowlers as captains but fast bowlers as captain of India has never happened before
Bumrah: Well, it has happened before, Kapil Dev was the captain.
Bumrah: Alright, all-rounder if you say so.
The Video of the same has been going viral on the internet and Bumrah’s response has won many hearts. Watch the video:
England have won the toss & elected to bowl. #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/KYG4yBEeTG
— Doordarshan Sports (@ddsportschannel) July 1, 2022
Image Source – Twitter
Bumrah also expressed his emotions on getting the opportunity to lead the Indian side. He said: “It’s a good feeling (to be captain) and is a big privilege. Can’t get better than this. Excited and looking forward to this. Very happy with the preparation. Wanted to spend a lot of time and get used to the English conditions, as we came back from T20s. Happy with the preparation, now it’s for the mental side to take over. Four bowlers – myself, Siraj, Shardul and Shami along with Jaddu as the all-rounder,”
Playing XI for the ongoing IND vs ENG final Test:
India – 1 Shubman Gill, 2 Cheteshwar Pujara, 3 Hanuma Vihari, 4 Virat Kohli, 5 Shreyas Iyer, 6 Rishabh Pant (wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Shardul Thakur, 9 Mohammed Shami, 10 Mohammed Siraj, 11 Jasprit Bumrah (capt)
England – 1 Alex Lees, 2 Zak Crawley, 3 Ollie Pope, 4 Joe Root, 5 Jonny Bairstow, 6 Ben Stokes (capt), 7 Sam Billings (wk), 8 Matthew Potts, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 Jack Leach, 11 James Anderson