Former India batsman and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar believes that Jaspreet Bumrah’s attack on James Anderson in the Lord’s Test is a plan of the Indian captain Virat Kohli. This can hurt and injure the England bowler. On the third day of the Lord’s Test, Bumrah bowled 10 quick balls. 4 of these were no balls. More than half of these were short-ball against England’s No. 11 James Anderson, who took 5 wickets in India’s first innings.
Sanjay Manjrekar was surprised by Bumrah’s tactic and thought it might be the hero’s plan to hurt Anderson. In The Hindustan Times column, Manjrekar said, “When Jaspreet Bumrah suddenly comes out to bat with a continuous shot ball in the 11th and James Anderson starts targeting his body, it seems he is not Bumrah. Expect.
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He further wrote, ‘I mean Bumrah has executed Virat Kohli’s plan. Get behind the opponent’s main player. Give him a little shock or hurt his biceps. Bumrah expressed his displeasure over dangerous bouncers when he dismissed Mohammed Shami Anderson.
Sanjay Manjrekar thinks it will hurt Anderson’s pride as England’s fast bowlers throw bouncers at Bumrah. However, he hit an unbeaten 34 after suffering a couple shots to his body. He put India in a strong position by partnering with Shami. After England won the Lord’s Test by 151 runs in the second innings, India took a 1-0 lead in the five-match Test series.