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India vs England: Anderson recalls Bumrah’s bouncers

Bumrah bowled a 10-ball over that was mostly bouncers, one of which hit Anderson on the helmet. Following that incident, Anderson and the Indian exchanged words, and Anderson was not pleased with the Indian’s tactics. “I got caught off guard a little bit because all the batters coming in were saying how slow the pitch was. Banged in short; it was really slow. When I came out to bat, Joe Root said Bumrah was not bowling as quick as he normally does,” Anderson said on the BBC Tailenders Podcast.

“And then, the first ball was 90 miles an hour and on the money, wasn’t it? And it felt like, I haven’t felt like this ever in my career. I felt he wasn’t trying to get me out.

“He bowled an over, maybe 10, 11, 12 balls (10). He was bowling no-ball after no-ball, bowling short. I think he bowled two on the stumps which I managed to dig out.”

Set up a big win for the visitors

The next day, Bumrah got a taste of his own medicine, but the Indian bowler handled the England pacers admirably, putting on an 89-run stand with Mohammad Shami to set up a big win for the visitors. R Ashwin, who did not play in that game, also commented on the incident involving Bumrah and Anderson. “England took that Anderson incident very personally. Bumrah said he didn’t even know what happened but all of us got together and told him what Anderson said to him and that riled us up. What happened next was extraordinary,” said Ashwin on his Youtube Channel.

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