England Capt Root & coach says, Bumrah is ”world class”

England skipper Joe Root and head coach Chris Silverwood both say they could have cornered India with a bigger first innings lead but they also admired the captaincy of Virat Kohli.

Kohli led his side to a stunning victory on the final day to win the fourth Test by 157 runs at The Oval.

India, despite being bowled out for 191 on Day 1, went on to win the match comfortably and take an unassailable 2-1 lead in the five-match series.

“It’s frustrating…thought we’ll get something from the game today, we had an opportunity of winning a Test match,” Root said at the post-match presentation.

Root showered praises on India’s bowlers, especially the ‘world-class’ Jasprit Bumrah for getting the ball to reverse on Day 5.

“Credit to India, they got the ball to reverse. I thought Bumrah’s spell was the real turning point of the game. From our side, we’ll have to look at other areas where we missed opportunities, maybe we should have made more of an advantage with the first-innings lead and should have taken the chances that were offered. We always look to get better, he’s (on Bumrah) a superb bowler and at times we need to be realistic and accept that he bowled really well, that was world-class bowling. Have to manage better if we’re in a similar situation in the near future, especially our game against reverse swing,” Root said.

Bumrah, in a lethal six over-spell in the post-lunch session got the important wickets of Ollie Pope and Jonny Bairstow to make ingress into the England’s middle-order. Bumrah, in the process, also became the the fastest (in terms of matches) to take 100 wickets among Indian seamers. 

England managed to get a 99-run lead as they were bowled out for 290 in their first innings. Root said they should have been ruthless and got a bigger lead when the opportunity was there.

“Whenever we lose a game, we can always look back at the toss, we can always think about a few things and the way it happened, but at the end of the day, we need to be ruthless, should have got more than a 100-run lead. We needed that big hundreds, big partnerships – we need to play good cricket right around in Old Trafford, can’t get complacent and get those big runs which sets up the game, which we did a week ago (in Headingley),” he said.