India staged a stunning turnaround in the second Test against England at Lord’s to win the game by 151 runs on the final day. Ever since then, all are praising the Virat Kohli-led side and no wonder they fully deserve it. However, there are a few issues which the visitors will have to resolve going into the third Test at Headingley. One of them is the Indian bowlers bowling a lot of no-balls.
Jasprit Bumrah has been the centrestage of all the action in terms of no-balls. He was the one who cross the line as many as 13 times during the Lord’s Test and has been guilty of doing it more often. He bowled a staggering four no-balls in the fiery over he delivered to James Anderson. The 10-ball over took a whopping 15 minutes to complete with even the batsman checked for concussion after being hit on the head.
Former South Africa fast bowler Monde Zondeki feels that Bumrah needs to work on his run-up soon in order to avoid bowling no-balls. Not only him, even Ravindra Jadeja overstepped twice in the first innings and also had dismissed Moeen Ali once off a no-ball in the second.
Bumrah is a very good bowler, says Zondeki
Meanwhile, being a fast bowler, Zondeki recalled his experience of working on his long run-up and said that he worked hard on it throughout his career.
“I think bowling a 10-ball over is very rare. Since it’s very rare, working on your run up and putting work on it helps to avoid it.
“I don’t remember having 4 no balls in my one over but I can tell that I had worked hard to not have a run up problem later in my life. Bumrah is a very good bowler and I am sure he will work on it to avoid it,” the 39-year-old said while speaking to bdcrictime.
The third Test between England and India will now be played at Headingley from August 25. The visitors are the favourites to win the series from hereon and it remains to be seen if England will be able to stage a comeback.