Jasprit Bumrah, the name on every cricket lovers lips after he grabbed a career-best haul of 6/33 to wrap up Australia’s first innings on 151 on day three of the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Friday.
Bumrah took the wickets of Marcus Harris, Shaun Marsh, Travis Head, Tim Paine, Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood to claim his third five-wicket haul in Tests. The young cricketer also became the first Asian bowler to take five-wicket hauls in Australia, England and South Africa in the same calendar year.
Jasprit Bumrah is now India’s joint leading wicket-taker in Tests in 2018 along with Mohammed Shami.
Wishes started to pour in over social media after the 25-year-old’s record-breaking feat. Veteran cricketers and experts showered praise on Bumrah’s display of fierce precision.
Australia ke liye Pain ,
Jasprit Bumrah this years biggest gain.
What a great effort from India to bowl out Australia for 151.
I pray the weather stays well and India win this MCG Test for the brilliant cricket they have played #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/Oy2vEC7nPF
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) December 28, 2018
What an outstanding bowling effort from India and a really special effort from Jasprit Bumrah. He has been the best bowler on display across both sides by some distance and has put India in a really dominating position #AusvInd pic.twitter.com/sP3A05b4Ti
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) December 28, 2018
India have found a treasure in Jasprit Bumrah. So young and already so accomplished.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 28, 2018
Claiming 45 wickets till now, Bumrah surpassed Dileep Doshi, who took 40 wickets in 1979, to register most wickets for India in his debut year in Test cricket.
Third on the list is Venkatesh Prasad with 37 wickets in 1996. Narendra Hirwani with 36 wickets in 1988 and S Sreesanth with 35 in 2006 complete the top five.
It may be noted that Bumrah also recorded the best figures for any Indian bowler in Tests at the MCG, surpassing Bhagwath Chandrasekhar’s 6/52 in 1977.
Bumrah’s effort is also the second-best for an Indian fast bowler in Tests in Australia, behind only Kapil Dev’s 8/106 at Adelaide in 1985.