'We fell short with the bat on Day 4' - Jasprit Bumrah after defeat in Edgbaston Test

‘We fell short with the bat on Day 4’ – Jasprit Bumrah after defeat in Edgbaston Test

'That is where we let the match slip away from us,' added Bumrah.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Jasprit Bumrah, India’s stand-in captain for the rescheduled fifth Test match against England at Edgbaston, Birmingham, feels that India let the match slip away from them in the last two days. He opined that the visitors “fell short” with the bat on Day 4, and that is where England started to take the match in their favour.

Bumrah claimed that if there was no rain in the first Test match last year, India could have won the series. He reckons that both teams played good cricket and a 2-2 draw in the series was a fair result. England won the fifth match on July 5, Tuesday, and levelled the series. “That’s the beauty of Test cricket, even if you have three good days,” said Bumrah, during the post-match presentation ceremony. “We fell short with the bat yesterday and that is where we let the opposition in to let the match slip away from us,” he equipped. 

Captaincy is not what I decide. I like responsibility: Jasprit Bumrah

“Ifs and buts can always be there. If you go back, if there was no rain in the first match, we could have won the series. But England played really well,” said the 28-year-old. “We have drawn the series and both teams played very good cricket and it was a fair result,” he added further. 

England secured the win over India in the Edgbaston Test match after completing their highest successful chase of 378. Jonny Bairstow was named the Player of the Match for his performance with the bat, scoring twin centuries and 220 runs in two innings in all. Joe Root was England’s Player of the Series after finishing as the top scorer in the series, scoring 737 runs in nine innings, with four hundreds and a fifty. Bumrah was India’s Player of the Series after finishing as the top wicket-taker, picking up 23 wickets in nine innings with a five-wicket haul and an average of 22.47.

“The captaincy is not what I decide. I like responsibility. It was a good challenge, a new challenge. It was an honour to lead the team and a great experience,” said the Indian fast bowler.