India pacer Jasprit Bumrah, playing his second game of the Test series against England in Southampton, was back with his known evil on Day 1 – a no ball at a critical time. The bowler’s overstepping denied the visitors a key wicket in the form of England captain Joe Root in the fourth Test. Bumrah, however, was the first Indian bowler to strike by picking up the wicket of opener Keaton Jennings after Root won the toss and elected to bat first.
Bumrah’s yet another no ball did not impress the Twitterati with even the generally lenient cricket pundit Harsha Bhogle expressing his displeasure on the social media platform. It happened in the third ball of the fifth over when the bowler rapped English skipper Root’s pads and India went for an appeal. Umpire Bruce Oxenford shook his head at which captain Virat Kohli went sought a review.
It was seen in the review that the bowler had failed to bowl a legal delivery by overstepping. The decision would have gone in India’s favour had it been a legal delivery since there was no bat involved and the ball was straight on its way to crash into the stumps. But it was Bumrah luck for India.
Though Root was gone giving some relief to Bumrah, yet the bowler was not spared by the Twitter users for his repeated offence of bowling no balls on the international stage. The right-arm pacer made an impressive return to the Test side by picking up five wickets in the second innings of the Trent Bridge Test but his no ball here early on Day 1 proves that he is yet to put the curse of his bowling back.
Jasprit Bumrah is a fine cricketer, and in the middle of an excellent spell, but he is letting himself and his team down too often with these no-balls.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 30, 2018
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) August 30, 2018
— Jon Sunao (@shail_rockstar) August 30, 2018
After everything that it has cost India, it’s a SHAME that Jasprit Bumrah is still getting wickets off a no ball. This could potentially cost them the series. What is the coaching staff doing ? This should’ve been sorted by now #ENGvIND
— Ahmer Nazir (@iAhmer) August 30, 2018
Jasprit Bumrah again and again how many times will be repeat the same mistake, why can’t he bowl without a no ball playing in international game and bowling no ball regularly is a crime
— Ashwin chandrasekar (@achu_ashwin) August 30, 2018
— Montu (@dwanikbhatt) August 30, 2018
Jasprit Bumrah and No Balls, The Untold story.😪🤧😏🤦🏻♂️
— Neel Patel (@NeelPatel189) August 30, 2018
— Pritish (@pritish_s) August 30, 2018
Only thing that can compete with Virat Kohli’s consistency is Jasprit Bumrah’s wickets on No Balls! #ENGvIND
— Marwadi Gujju (@hdbarjatya) August 30, 2018
— Raj Goswami (@rajrocks07) August 30, 2018
Pretty sure Jasprit Bumrah has taken more wickets than James Anderson just off the ones he’s had on no balls. #IndvsEng
— Mikhail Almeida (@mikhailalmeida) August 30, 2018
— Aarav⚡ (@Singhania_wow) August 30, 2018
Jasprit Bumrah & No-ball, a story like Batman & Joker…
— Anupam 183 🏏 (@Anupam183) August 30, 2018
Shocking that the issue has not been sorted out yet…is anybody taking the issue seriously? Has already costed us t20 world cup and Champion’s Trophy…
— Dr. Rohan Dhase (@DhaseDr) August 30, 2018
— Live free (@sauravranu) August 30, 2018
Bumrah’s no ball cost us the champions trophy.
— Pallav Arya (@arya_pallav) August 30, 2018
Now i feel what jaipur police did was correct.
Jasprit Bumrah just won’t put his act together.
— Sonu Thakur 🇮🇳 (@sonuthakur96) August 30, 2018