Indian players went hard after England players in the second innings of the second Test match at Lord’s. James Anderson refused to accept an apology from India seamer Jasprit Bumrah after the end of Day 3 of the Lord’s Test which fired up the visitors and they eventually won the game.
Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Siraj bowled exceptionally well to lead India to a sensational win.
In a video on his YouTube channel, Ashwin and Sridhar discussed what Anderson told Bumrah as the latter bowled bouncers to the English legend.
Anderson was irked by the treatment meted out to him and wanted to go after Bumrah.
“Hey mate! Why are you bowling so fast? Am I doing the same to you? All this while you were bowling in the 80mphs and suddenly on seeing me why are you bowling in the 90mphs?”
Ashwin was surprised to hear Anderson’s statement. “That kind of statement coming from Jimmy Anderson was a surprise to me.”
“So after the innings, the boys were walking back to the dressing room. Then, Bumrah walked past Jimmy and just patted at him, so as to tell him that it wasn’t intentional. We all know Bumrah, he is such a nice guy. So he had gone to talk to him and end the matter, but Jimmy brushed him aside,” R Sridhar explained.
“Brushing him aside, he told him, “You bowl only 85MPH to the other batters, you are bowling 90 MPH to me. This is cheating, I won’t accept,” Anderson added.
“That got the team together. Not that the team wasn’t together before. It sparked/ignited a fire in everyone. The effect of that was visible on day 5,” explained Sridhar.
‘If we can give them target or 180, we can get them under pressure,” added Sridhar.