It was awesome day for Indian bowlers in The Rose Bowl, Southampton. In the first hour of the 4th test Vs England bowling magic from Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah was jaw holding. You could almost hear their brains crackling. A line not often used about Indian fast bowlers. We settle for less usually. A good out-swinger, a crunchy nip-backer and we are happy. But for the art of crafting a spell, the intellectual thrill in watching a set-up, we watch our neighbors or elsewhere. Seldom India.
Indians hammered the theory of ‘you take him out’ on Thursday. Was this pitch and conditions so threatening for England to be tottering at 86/6? Was England’s batting, and their thought, too tentative? Yes, especially, later, as Moeen Ali, fighting for his career, and Sam Curran, starting his career, showed the way to stretch the score to 246. Curran has already played a match-turning knock at Edgbaston and he seemed in mood for a reprise. However, it was a day that belonged to the Indian pacers. It would belittle their achievements if one were to focus on how they dismantled the brittle top order.
Ashwin was canny enough to slow the ball on two occasions to beat the aggressive intents of Ali and Curran but no one would be surprised by his intelligence. What would have pleased the team was the astuteness and craftiness of the Indian pacers.
At the end of the day, India were 19/0, trail by 227 runs. First day credit all goes for Indian pacers, but the second day on Friday for Indian batsmen’s is going to be tougher. “Whenever you get a wicket, it’s very good. Whenever a plan works, it is a good feeling. Dream delivery I don’t know about that, but it’s a good sign when you get an early wicket. I’m very happy,” Bumrah said on Thursday, August 30.