Stand-in India skipper Jasprit Bumrah has had a fantastic start to his leadership tenure in international cricket. On Day 3 of the upcoming Edgbaston Test, the fast bowler, who was designated captain after Rohit Sharma was ruled out with COVID-19, dived to his left and snagged a stunner to retire Ben Stokes (25). It was the latest piece of his effort, which included a batting attack on Stuart Broad, who finished up giving 35 runs, the most costly in Test history.

In the excitement over, Tailender Bumrah, batting at No. 10 and facing the new ball, blasted Broad for 29. Broad’s six real balls yielded 23 runs, including four fours and a six. The English bowler delivered a wide that gave India five runs, as well as a no-ball that Bumrah top-edged for a six.

Bumrah subsequently reverted to his main duty as the Indian bowling unit’s captain. He dismissed England’s top three, leaving them at 44 for three, to establish a new record for the most wickets taken by an Indian bowler in an England series. With 21 wickets in a five-match series that began last year, the Indian fast bowler topped Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who had 19 in a five-match series in 2014. Zaheer Khan is third on the list, taking 18 wickets in the three-Test series in England in 2007. Ishant Sharma is fourth with 18 wickets in the 2018 season, followed by leg-spinner Subhash Gupte, who got 17 wickets in a five-game series in 1959.

Bumrah returned 3/68 in 19 overs, while Mohammed Siraj and Mohammed Shami each took four and two wickets to put India in the first place. Jonny Bairstow made his third century in three Tests for England, but the hosts were finally bowled for 284 in response to India’s first-innings 416, a 132-run deficit. Cheteshwar Pujara then hit his customary gritty fifty to help India reach 125/3 at the end. The experienced Test batsman blasted 50 not out off 139 balls, including seven fours, against Rishabh Pant, who was also undefeated on 30 at the end of the play.