Jasprit Bumrah, on Friday, sprung a big surprise during the first day of the three-day tour game against Australia by starring with the bat. In a match, where the the likes of Mayank Agarwal, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha failed to get going, Jasprit Bumrah made his mark with the bat.
In fact, he was India’s highest scorer as he remained unbeaten on 55 while India were all out for a modest 194. It was also his highest first-class score as he registered his maiden fifty in professional cricket. It was his knock that gave India’s scoreboard some respectability.
Maiden first-class fifty for @Jaspritbumrah93 and this is also his first 50 in any format! He gets to his half-century in 54 balls in a pink-ball game against Australia A! #TeamIndia #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/U0Z6su8umO
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 11, 2020
What makes his knock even more remarkable is that it came against the pink ball which assists the pacers. He reached his fifty off just 54 balls that too with the help of a six. He was also hilariously given a guard of honour by his teammates when he made his way into the dressing room after his fifty.
Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj stitched a 71-run partnership for the tenth wicket. Riding on their partnership, India recovered from 123 for 9 to post a decent total of 194.
Jasprit Bumrah leaves fans in splits:
As if the knock was not enough to entertain the fans, Jasprit Bumrah also took to Twitter to react to his fifty in a funny manner. Seeing the funny side of his unexpected batting exploit, Jasprit Bumrah tweeted:
“Try one new thing per day, they said.”
Try one new thing per day, they said.? pic.twitter.com/Yozpazpoak
— Jasprit Bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) December 11, 2020
And going by the reactions of the fans on his tweet, one can say that they enjoyed it. Some fans even warned Hardik Pandya, asking him to start bowling soon or risk losing his allrounder’s spot to his Mumbai Indians teammate. Here are some of the reactions to Jasprit Bumrah’s funny tweet:
The world wasn't ready for this… ???
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) December 11, 2020
You never know. He may be India's third wicketkeeper as well. https://t.co/d4wA0MUFbg
— Abhishek Mukherjee (@ovshake42) December 11, 2020
Never thought you will post a picture holding a bat. ?
Btw well played anw congratulations on scoring your 1st ever half century.??
— Aditya Saha (@adityakumar480) December 11, 2020
All rounder Bumrah is coming
Beware Hardik Pandya?
— Prashanth (@PrashanthDhfnsn) December 11, 2020
— Mownick_raaj (@MMownick) December 11, 2020
Hardik Pandya who??? Here we've better test all rounder than Pandya ??
— Shravan Kudla (@Yaan_engineer) December 11, 2020
Meanwhile, the Indian bowlers came up with a stunning effort to bowl out Australia A for just 108. Mohammed Shami led the charge with the ball too as he and Navdeep Saini picked three wickets each. Jasprit Bumrah, on the other hand, picked two wickets while Mohammed Siraj picked one. For the home side, only their captain Alex Carey managed to touch the 30-run mark, scoring 32.