Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah (Image Credit: Twitter)

It is not wrong to say that India have one of the dangerous pace attacks in Test cricket at present and the credit goes to former India head coach Ravi Shastri. Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, and Ishant Sharma make up a lethal pace attack unit who have the ability to dismiss all the 20 wickets in a Test match.

Ravi Shastri, who stepped down as India’s head coach in November 2019, recalled how he planned Jasprit Bumrah’s debut in South Africa. The right-arm pacer made his Test debut in 2018 in an away Test series against South Africa, where he managed to gain the limelight with his excellent bowling.

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Ravi Shastri
Ravi Shastri (Image Credit: Twitter)

Unleash Jasprit Bumrah Straight In South Africa! Ravi Shastri Recalls Indian Pacer’s Test Debut

In a conversation with Star Sports during ‘The Ravi Shastri’ show, the former Indian cricketer revealed how he asked selectors to unleash Jasprit Bumrah directly in South Africa and told selectors not to play him in India for his debut.

“I made Bharat Arun call him (Jasprit Bumrah) up and let him know that be ready. You might just get a call up. I spoke to Virat, spoke to the selectors. I said not in India… don’t even bring him into the 15 in India. Unleash him straight in South Africa. And coming to Cape Town,” Ravi Shastri said during the show.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah (Image Credit: Twitter)

Jasprit Bumrah made a wonderful debut in his debut series. He picked only 7 wickets in the first two games but came up with a five-wicket haul in the 3rd Test, helping India to win the match. In just 25 Tests, the 28-year-old pacer has picked 103 wickets in his kitty, bowling at an average of 22.50. He also accounts for 6 five-wicket hauls in 47 innings.

In India vs South Africa 1st Test, Bumrah picked two wickets on Day 3, one of which was a crucial wicket of skipper Dean Elgar. Mohammed Shami executed an impeccable bowling show, picking 5 wickets in the match.

Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami. Credits: Twitter

Bowling out South Africa for 197, India gained a lead of 130 runs after the end of 1st innings. Earlier, India posted 327-10 on the scoreboard in the 1st innings batting first. KL Rahul played a fabulous knock of 123 runs to take India to a good total. Lungi Ngidi picked 6 wickets.

With 16-1 on the board in the 2nd innings, India lead the match by 146 runs and dominating the match currently. Mayank Agarwal has already lost his wicket and KL Rahul (5*) and Shardul Thakur (4*) currently take the crease.

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