As Jasprit Bumrah was tearing apart West Indies on day two of the second Test, television commentator Ian Bishop came down hard on those who are questioning the legality of Bumrah’s bowling action. Jasprit Bumrah further enhanced his reputation with yet another sensational bowling spell on Saturday to leave West Indies reeling.
The India pace spearhead once again left West Indies clueless with his pace, control and movement in the air. The West Indies players, in fact, just looked clueless while facing Jasprit Bumrah. The pacer sent back Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks and Roston Chase to claim his hat-trick on day two.
He first made Bravo edge one to the slips before Brooks was leg-before. It then required a television review from India captain Virat Kohli to confirm Chase’s dismissal after on-field umpire Paul Reiffel had turned down the lbw appeal.
Before his hat-trick, Bumrah had already dismissed John Campbell, Kraigg Brathwaite and West Indies captain Jasprit Bumrah. Any hope of Bumrah taking all ten wickets in the innings had ended when Mohammed Shami dismissed Shimron Hetmyer.
At the end of the day, his figures read 6 for just 16 from 9.1 overs. West Indies, on the other hand, were reeling at 87 for 7. But while Bumrah has been doing extremely well across formats, a few have questioned his bowling action which is really unorthodox.
But Ian Bishop is certainly not one of them. The ex-cricketer-turned-commentator berated Bumrah’s critics. Like Bishop, former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar was also not impressed with the question marks over Bumrah’s bowling action.
While Bishop did not identify the accusers, he stressed that they don’t know anything about cricket. He also urged them take a good look at themselves in the mirror. Gavaskar, on the other hand, said that they should get their eyes checked. A little later, when Bumrah’s action was displayed on the screen, Gavaskar emphasised that Bumrah’s arm was ram-rod straight and there was no question of a bend.