Jasprit Bumrah breaks 39-year-old Indian record in Test cricket

Jasprit Bumrah

Together with six wickets in the first innings of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne from Australia, Bumrah set up the new record in Indian cricket.

Jasprit Bumrah, who ended with career-best 6 to 33, picked up the wickets of both Marcus Harris, Shaun Marsh, Travis Head, Tim Paine, Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood to achieve the listing as India bowled Australia out for 151 to shoot a 292-run first innings to lead in the Test match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Pat Cummins, breathing fire, scythed through the top-order to reduce India to 32 for 4 before the traffic crawled to 54 for 5 at stumps on Day 3 of the Boxing Day Test at the MCG on Friday. Young Mayank Agarwal was batting on 28, while Rishabh Pant was unbeaten on six.

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He surpassed Dileep Doshi to register most wickets for India in his debut in Test cricket with 45 wickets and counting. Having played his nine Tests overseas, his haul is also the most by an Indian bowler in away Tests in annually. Team-mate Mohammed Shami’s in No. 2, with 43 wickets.

India vs Australia, Boxing Day Test Day 3: Jasprit Bumrah 

First Bumrah used the brief ball to good effect against Harris while the Australian opener played quite a poor chance to affect his own dismissal. Then came brilliant deliveries from Bumrah for his two additional wickets.

The final ball before lunch watched Bumrah bowl a peach of a delivery to Shaun Marsh to catch him leg before wicket (lbw). A slower ball drifting inside

and it hit on the pads of Marsh while the Australian was only looking to defend.

Bumrah got Head using a near-perfect yorker. There was so much space on the delivery on the supply angling only a bit inside that Head just did not know how to manage it and it went directly into the stumps.

After hammering on 145 for seven after tea, Australia added only six runs since they lost their final three wickets, with Bumrah dismissing captain Tim Paine for both 22, also tail-enders Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood for ducks.

Michael Clarke on the commentary was in awe of the delivery and said, “He’s [Head] done in for speed. He is done for the swing. Bumrah you’re a genius.”

Throughout the post-lunch series on Sony Sports, Clarke had even said, “He [Bumrah] is now my favorite bowler in international cricket at this time.”


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