'It has happened before, Kapil Dev has led us' - Jasprit Bumrah corrects Mark Butcher at toss
Indian team will be eyeing a first innings score in excess of 250 runs on a relatively slower pitch at Edgbaston.
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The much-awaited fifth Test between England and India is underway, and the visitors have been put in to bat first after Ben Stokes won the toss. India’s stand-in skipper Jasprit Bumrah, who is known to leave the batters speechless with his terrific bowling, knocked it out of the park with his reply when Mark Butcher mistakenly remarked that Bumrah was the first Indian fast bowler to lead the side in the most traditional format of the game.
Bumrah, who has been appointed as the captain of the side after Rohit Sharma failed to recover from Covid-19 for the Birmingham Test, is the 36th player to lead India in Tests. Meanwhile, the notable incident took place right after the toss when the Indian skipper corrected Butcher for saying that he was the first Indian fast bowler to lead the side in Tests.
The Indian bowling spearhead corrected the former English batter by saying that Kapil Dev has previously led the Indian side in this format. The Englishman, in a bid to defend his statement, said that Kapil was an all-rounder, but the point made by Bumrah was valid, and Twitterati didn’t take long in lauding the Indian pacer.
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Moving forward, when he was asked about his feelings after losing the toss, the 28-year-old couldn’t contain his excitement and marked it as the proudest moment of his career so far.
“It’s a good feeling, a massive achievement, it can’t get better than this, very excited. Very happy with the preparation, wanted to get used to the England weather [at Leicester]. just the mental aspect,” Bumrah said.
India seeking their first Test series victory in England after a wait of almost 15 years
Kapil Dev was the first Indian fast bowler to lead the Indian side in the whites from 1983 to 1987. The prodigious bowler grabbed an impressive 111 wickets along with four five-wicket hauls during his tenure as the Indian skipper.
Meanwhile, the Indian team is without Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul for the all-important fifth Test and faces an uphill battle against a spirited England side which is a stark contrast to the side that India faced in 2021 before a Covid-19 outbreak hit their camp. Nevertheless, the visitors have a great chance to record their first Test series win on England soil since 2007.