Jasprit Bumrah plays with batsmen's minds, that's why he delivers repeatedly in Test cricket: Ashish Nehra

Jasprit Bumrah plays with batsmen’s minds, that’s why he delivers repeatedly in Test cricket: Ashish Nehra

Bumrah scalped 18 wickets in four Test against England.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)

Former Indian pacer Ashish Nehra feels that what makes Jasprit Bumrah a special bowler is his habit of never repeating his mistakes. Bumrah was India’s leading wicket-taker in the recently-concluded five-Test series against England, which India led 2-1 before it was halted abruptly.

Bumrah bagged 18 wickets in the series, only behind Ollie Robinson’s 21 scalps, and played roles in each one of the four Tests. Nehra, in an interaction on Sony Sports after the Manchester Test was cancelled officially, praised Bumrah’s effort in the series.

“The most important thing for me is that Jasprit Bumrah does not repeat his mistakes. When you see the stats, in the first match he had probably taken five wickets, dismissed 7-8 batsmen in the Nottingham Test but after that, it is not that he has 30 wickets in the series. He did not get the wickets also in an odd Test but the way he bounced back and he knows very well when he needs to put in the effort,” said Nehra.

Jasprit Bumrah used the yorkers and bouncers really well: Ashish Nehra

He also discussed veteran England pacer James Anderson, who bagged 15 wickets in the series. While comparing Bumrah and Anderson, Nehra said: “Jimmy Anderson has a lot of experience. Bumrah is not the one who has played 100 Test matches already. But it is his strength that he learns quicker from others and he has the X-factor as well.”

Nehra went on to say that Bumrah took the pitch out of the equation by using his variations during The Oval Test.

“He took only two wickets but the way the game was going, when he bowled that spell, there was no chance for England to come back in the game. There was talk about the pitch being batsmen-friendly which I would say was the case as well, but the way he bowled the yorker in Test matches, he removed the pitch totally from the equation.”

“You saw the yorkers for sure but in this spell, he used the bouncers also very well. He plays with the batsmen’s minds, that is why you will be able to give such performances in Test cricket repeatedly,” concluded Nehra.