New Delhi: The second Test of the India-England 2016 series is proving to be a treasure trove for pace bowling fans. There used to be a time when fast bowlers used to terrorise batsman world over, with their ferocious bouncers and unplayable deliveries.
In 'tailored made' India pitches, pace bowlers often find life difficult with batsmen dictating the terms. But thanks to a sporting Visakhapatnam pitch and Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and James Anderson, fans witnessed three deliveries of pure class, which can be considered for delivery of the year award, is there's one.
On the second day of the Test, Indian pacer Mohammed Shami broke the wicket of Alastair Cook. Enough has been written about that delivery, but for the uninitiated, here's the video. Cherish it. It happened off the third ball of the third over, with England looking for a strong reply to India's first innings total of 455. The dismissal left Cook fuming, understandably.
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Then, Shami's new-ball partner Umesh Yadav complimented his team-mate with another peach of a delivery, to dismiss Jonny Bairstow on day 3. The England wicket-keeper, with Ben Stokes, was building a strong partnership defying the Indian charge. But he was undone by a classic reverse swing from Yadav, which sent the wicket flying. Watch the VIDEO HERE courtesy hotstar.
Anderson, regarded as one the greatest pace bowlers of all time, was not to be left behind. England's premier bowler produced a classic swinging delivery to remove one of India's batting mainstays Cheteshwar Pujara on the penultimate day.
The match is still open, with all three results possible. India need eight more wickets, while England require another 318 on the final day. But this match will be remembered for these three deliveries.