Jasprit Bumrah has justified the team management’s decision to include him in the team for the ongoing Test series against South Africa. Within a year of making his international debut, the pacer has become the pace spearhead in the limited-overs cricket, but his credentials in red-ball cricket was doubted by many.
Not surprisingly, a lot of eyebrows were raised when Bumrah was included in the squad and later in the playing eleven ahead of the likes of Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav for the first Test. However, the pacer did not take long to prove himself even in the white jersey. He castled AB de Villiers to claim his maiden Test wicket in Cape Town and had gone on to pick three important wickets in the second innings.
The second Test did not start on a bright note for him as he went wicketless in the first innings but once again proved his worth by picking up three vital wickets in the second innings. The series then went from good to outstanding for him in the first innings of the ongoing third Test in Johannesburg.
Maiden fifer in Tests:
India had their back against the wall after being dismissed for just 187, but Bumrah along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar made sure that the hosts do not surge too ahead in the game with a stunning bowling performance. South Africa were looking set for a huge score after being on 80 for 2 before Bumrah ran through their lineup, taking his maiden 5-wicket haul in Tests to help India bowl out South Africa for 194.
Bumrah’s first wicket in the game was Faf du Plessis when the latter saw his bails being dislodged after he shouldered-arm an incoming delivery. Bumrah’s next victim was Quinton de Kock when the keeper-batsman edged one behind of the stumps. The India pacer then went on to take the prized scalp of Hashim Amla before dismissing Andile Phehlukwayo and Lungi Ngidi to finish the South Africa innings.
Bumrah has been receiving accolades from all around for his stunning bowling performance and the latest to praise him is none other than Proteas legend Allan Donald. Former South Africa took to Twitter to express his views on the game in addition to praising Bumrah.
@OfficialCSA @BCCI This is batting for your life on this service. Don’t mind seeing batters having to work harder for a change but this is ridiculous. India get a lead here of 180, boy that’s gonna be hard to chase. @Jaspritbumrah93 well bowled young man?
@OfficialCSA @BCCI This is batting for your life on this service. Don’t mind seeing batters having to work harder for a change but this is ridiculous. India get a lead here of 180, boy that’s gonna be hard to chase. @Jaspritbumrah93 well bowled young man👏
— Allan Donald (@AllanDonald33) January 25, 2018
Bumrah was quick to reply to the tweet, writing: Thank you so much ??
Thank you so much 😊😊
— Jasprit Bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) January 25, 2018
Meanwhile, India has set South Africa a tough 241-run target. In reply, South Africa were 17 for 1 before the umpires halted the game due to the uneven bounce in the pitch.