England have the edge over two days of Test cricket played in Chennai so far. The English batsmen, led by Joe Root have took on the Indian bowlers with panache and style and many of them were left searching for answers. The pitch in Chennai has seemed to be very batting-friendly which has hampered the contest between ball and bat.
After stumps at Day 2, England have 555 runs to their name at the loss of 8 wickets after 180 overs. Joe Root was dismissed after completing yet another century. Jasprit Bumrah had opined that sweat was not effective enough to shine the ball and that it was getting hard for the bowlers because of the restrictions on the use of saliva.
The use of saliva to shine balls was banned by the International Cricket Council because of he coronavirus pandemic. “The ball did become soft after a while and the wicket is on a flatter side with the bounce being less. You are left with limited options (to shine ball). We are trying to figure out what we can do with the limited things in hand, at that time,” Jasprit Bumrah added.
“It becomes difficult when the ball becomes soft and doesn’t shine really well because of new COVID-19 rules, we can’t use saliva, very difficult during that time to maintain the ball,” Bumrah said at the virtual media conference.
The Chennai Test is Bumrah’s first Test in India. He commented on the nature of the pitch, suggesting that it is on the flatter side but that is something the team will have to take in their stride.
“This is my first match over here. The wicket was on the flatter side, not a lot of lateral movement was there. It was abrasive but we are not trying to complain about how the wicket is but trying to figure out what the solutions are. We are trying to look at options that are there in our hand and create as many chances as we can,” Jasprit Bumrah said.