Jasprit Bumrah’s two-year wait to play a home test ended with the first test, and the occasion presented a flat lifeless track at Chepauk. While the speedster was arguably the pick of the bowlers, the rest of the bowling pack lacked the lethal touch to put away the England batsmen. A major reason behind the struggle of the Indian bowlers attributed to the saliva ban claims Bumrah.
After winning the toss and batting toss, England navigated the proceedings on the first innings, barring a five-minute lapse towards the end of the first session.
With the current safety regulations barring the bowlers to use saliva on the ball for the shine, they have been forced to use the lighter fluid, sweat for the same. However, the ploy is not doing a great deal of help feels Bumrah, who also added that the ball became soft halfway through the day’s play.
“It becomes difficult when the ball becomes soft and doesn’t shine really well because of new COVID-19 rules, we can’t use saliva, very difficult during that time to maintain the ball,”
“The ball did become soft after a while and the wicket is on flatter side with the bounce being less. You are left with limited options (to shine ball). We are trying to figure out what we can do with the limited things in hand, at that time,” Bumrah said
Speaking at the virtual press conference, Bumrah also commented on the pitch which barely displayed any bounce, turn or movement on the first day.
“This is my first match over here. The wicket was on the flatter side, not lot of lateral movement was there. It was abrasive but we are not trying to complaint how the wicket is but trying to figure out what the solutions are.
“We are trying to look at options that are there in our hand and create as many chances as we can,”
The SG Test ball was in a dismal state midway through the day with the seam losing all of its hardness. Jasprit Bumrah had to pull off tricks from his limited-overs arsenal, as he managed to get the all-important wicket of Dom Sibley with a yorker in the last over of the day.
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