It has happened before, Kapil Dev has led us: Jasprit Bumrah corrects Mark Butcher at toss in 5th Test

India stand-in captain Jasprit Bumrah kickstarted his captaincy era with a cool response during a pre-match interview after England skipper Ben Stokes won the toss and opted to bowl in the fifth rescheduled Test at Edgbaston on Friday.

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Bumrah corrected presenter Mark Butcher when the former England batter remarked that he was the first pacer to lead India in Test cricket. Bumrah instantly said that this was not the first time that a pacer was leading the Indian Test side, as Kapil Dev had captained the national men’s cricket team before.

Butcher, in a bid to control the damage, said that Kapil was an all-rounder but Bumrah had made the right point in his correction. Bumrah is the first pacer after Kapil Dev to lead India in the purest format of the game. Kapil captained the Indian Test team from 1983 to 1987 and picked up 111 wickets with four five-wicket hauls to show for his efforts.

“It’s a good feeling, a massive achievement, it can’t get better than this, very excited. Very happy with the preparation, wanted to get used to the England weather [at Leicester]. just the mental aspect,” Bumrah said after losing the toss.

With skipper Rohit Sharma ruled out after testing positive for COVID-19, Jasprit Bumrah will be India’s 36th Test captain. Shubman Gill is the only specialist opener while Shardul Thakur as seamer all-rounder has been preferred over veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

India (Playing XI): Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah(c)

England (Playing XI): Alex Lees, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes(c), Sam Billings(w), Matty Potts, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, James Anderson

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