The ongoing Test at the Oval is currently poised in a very tricky situation with the game wide open at stumps on Day 2. Ollie Pope and Chris Woakes scored brilliant fifties on Friday, adding some handy runs for the home side. England were eventually bowled out on 290, but not before taking the first-innings lead of 99 runs.
Indian openers did a remarkable job to not lose any wicket as the score read 43-0 in 16 overs before the day’s play ended at the Oval. Although Virat Kohli’s side have certainly paved their way back into the contest, it was a bitter-sweet outing for them with a huge injury concern looming around the side as Bumrah seemed to have suffered an injury while bowling on Friday.
Bumrah suffers a left calf injury on Day 2
The incident happened during the 82nd over of England’s first innings when Jasprit Bumrah was introduced into the attack to take the final wicket, which would also have been his 100th Test wicket. It had been a long day for Bumrah who had bowled quite a few overs on a wicket which had become easier for batting.
Bumrah began his new spell with a full toss as Chris Woakes, who was batting brilliantly, flicked it towards the square-leg region for a boundary. While four more runs certainly hurt India with the lead continuously increasing, there was something more scary that happened between the wickets.
The right-arm pacer was down on the ground, holding his left calf as India’s physio Nitin Patel came running towards the ground. All the fans in the country sitting in front of their TV screens, were also left quite worried with the sequence of events unfolding thousands of kilometers away at the Oval.
Twitterati concerned about Bumrah’s fitness
Jasprit Bumrah is the only Indian pacer who has played all the Test in India’s ongoing United Kingdom tour so far, including the WTC Final. The 27-year-old has had some fitness issues in recent times but has looked in good rhythm in this series. He has been leading the Indian bowling attack from the front, having taken some crucial wickets. This is why watching Bumrah down on the ground holding his left calf was quite scary for all the fans.
Fans were quick to express their worry on social media as they claimed that Bumrah’s injury was a greater concern for India than England’s big first-innings lead at the Oval. Some netizens also started to think about the upcoming T20 World Cup where Bumrah will have to play a vital role for Men in Blue.
Check out Twitter reactions:
Jasprit Bumrah having some issues with his leg. Hope it's just a cramp and nothing else. pic.twitter.com/8zYLfc4cPE
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 3, 2021
More than conceding 100 run lead, India's greater concern will be the fitness of Bumrah and hopefully he has not got any injury.
— Pradeep Magazine (@pradeepmagazine) September 3, 2021
Bumrah's hurt! could be calf strain! it's been a long day for bowlers! They really have worked hard! #ENGvIND
— Mahesh Silwal (@2uunaah) September 3, 2021
A lead of 85 runs and Bumrah is down with calf injury (it seems)….India will need 500 runs to win this game now…All the best…#ENGvIND
— Mayank (@kmayank9) September 3, 2021
Fortunately for everyone, Bumrah did return to bowl and eventually wrapped up England’s innings with a brilliantly-executed run-out. However, there will be concerns around his fitness and fans would just hope that it was just a bit of cramp and nothing serious.