Substitute skipper Jasprit Bumrah has established another standard for the most wickets taken by an India bowler during a Test series in England. All his take of 3-68 – – which incorporated England’s main three – – in the Covid postponed fifth Test at Edgbaston gave him 21 wickets in a five-match crusade that began the year before.
That outperformed Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s record of 19 wickets during a five-match series in 2014.
And there should be a chance for Bumrah, driving India in place of Rohit Sharma, to add to his count during England’s second innings in Birmingham.
For all that India have been famous for turn bowlers, the only one in the main five of a rundown overwhelmed by cutting edge quicks is leg-spinner Subhash Gupta, who took 17 wickets during a five-match series back in 1959.
Most wickets by an India bowler during a Test series in England (player, season, matches, wickets, normal, normal runs per over):
Jasprit Bumrah 2021/22 5 21 21.09 2.60
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2014 5 19 26.63 2.92
Zaheer Khan 2007 3 18 20.33 2.68
Ishant Sharma 2018 5 18 24.27 2.89
Subhash Gupte 1959 5 17 34.64 2.94