Is there any better sight than watching a genuine tail-ender playing like a proper batsman, especially when his more established teammates had fallen like nine pins against a moving ball? Well! we got to see that to the hilt thanks to a certain Jasprit Bumrah during the 1st day of the Pink-ball practice game between the Indians and Australia A at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The champion fast bowler, who is averaging a mere 2.91 after 21 innings in Test match cricket, enthralled everyone with a high-quality display of batting against a moving pink ball before eventually registering his maiden First-Class half-century, much to a pleasant surprise to his teammates and the fans watching on their television sets.
It was an innings that could have made any established batsman proud. He was getting behind the line of the ball with subtle ease; showcasing his defensive forward-block and just to prove to everyone that he also has the ability to play some exquisite strokes like driving on the up or pulling the short-pitch stuff with disdain, he nailed as many as six fours and two sixes.
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
And, he couldn’t have brought the landmark in a more brilliant fashion than he did by pulling Will Sutherland’s bouncer behind the square for a huge six. Bumrah brought up his maiden FC fifty in 54 balls and was greeted with a standing ovation from a jubilant Indian dressing room. His 71-run-stand with Mohammed Siraj  helped India recover from 9-123 to 194 all-out.
Jasprit Bumrah finished as India’s leading run-scorer with 55, followed by Shubman Gill and Prithvi Shaw, who notched up 43 and 40 respectively.
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) December 11, 2020
Watch how Jasprit Bumrah brought up his maiden FC 50
Jasprit Bumrah brings up his maiden first-class 50!
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 11, 2020