‘Real show stealer was Boomball’ – R Ashwin heaps praise on teammate following latter’s superlative feat


In the world of cricket, few names resonate with the reputation and prowess that Indian pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah has built for himself. His skill set was on full, devastating display during the ongoing home Test series against England, leaving cricket pundits and fans in awe of his mastery.

The second Test of the series proved to be a pivotal moment, as Bumrah’s sensational first-innings figures of 6 wickets for 45 runs turned the match on its axis. Bumrah, known for his unorthodox action and pinpoint accuracy, unraveled the secrets of reverse swing beneath the unforgiving Vizag sun on the second day of the match, catching the English batsmen off guard and changing the dynamic of the game.

Critical voices within the cricket community had doubted India’s ability to make a comeback in the series, but Bumrah’s extraordinary spell flipped the script entirely. The latest voice to join in the chorus of praise for Bumrah’s exceptional performance is the Indian spinner and teammate Ravichandran Ashwin.

Ashwin, an influencer in the cricketing fraternity not just for his on-field exploits but also for his off-the-field insights through his YouTube channel, did not hold back in his admiration for the Indian pace sensation. In his latest video, he enthusiastically hailed Bumrah’s efforts, stating, “The real show stealer was BoomBall. Jasprit Bumrah has bowled extraordinarily. He is the leading wicket-taker with 14 (sic) wickets and also the No.1 ranked Test bowler. I am a huge fan of his and this is a Himalayan feat.”

Ashwin, himself no stranger to cricketing milestones, stands on the cusp of joining the elite list of bowlers with 500 Test scalps, a testament to his long and successful career. Yet, his recognition of Bumrah’s achievements underscores the gravity of the fast bowler’s impact on the current series.

In addition to lauding Bumrah, Ashwin also commended another teammate, Shubman Gill, for his resolute century. Gill’s knock played a critical role in helping India attain a formidable lead and set an imposing target of 399 runs for England at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam.

Acknowledging Gill’s raw talent, Ashwin remarked, “There’s no doubt about the amount of talent that Shubman Gill has. But the hundred justified just the kind of armor he had as a batter.”

The combined efforts of Bumrah’s lethal bowling and Gill’s batting artistry have fortified India’s position in the series, delivering powerful performances when they were needed the most. As the series progresses, cricket aficionados will no doubt continue to closely watch these players, whose dynamic skills have turned the tide in India’s favor and left England grappling for answers.

With the world witnessing the pinnacle of bowling from a bowler like Bumrah, a masterclass of reverse swing under challenging conditions, and strategic batting from young Gill, the epitome of refined cricketing skills is playing out in real-time.

As the series unfolds, the stories of these athletes will add another chapter to their burgeoning legacies. Bumrah, with the ball that zings and zags under his spell, and Gill, with the bat that speaks the language of runs, have become central characters in an unfolding cricketing drama that captivates audiences worldwide. Ashwin, the seasoned spinner, stands among them both as a pillar of experience and excellence. Together, they symbolize the formidable force that is Indian cricket.

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