Jasprit Bumrah became the third Indian bowler to take a hat-trick in Test cricket after he dismissed Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks and Roston Chase off consecutive balls on Day 2 of the second Test between India and West Indies on Saturday. Bumrah credited captain Virat Kohli for the historic feat because had he not filed the review against the umpire’s decision he (Bumrah) would not have been able to achieve the feat,
Bumrah’s historic feat came in the ninth over, he went on to take three more wickets to finish Day 2 with a six-wicket haul.
Shimron Hetmyer — who fell to Mohammed Shami — was the only man to fall to another bowler on Saturday in Kingston as West Indies were reduced to 87/7 in reply to India’s 416.
Later, he credited captain Virat Kohli for the hat-trick.
Bumrah had started the innings with the wicket of opener John Campbell in the seventh over. In his next over, he started with a wide outswinger that Bravo left alone.
Bravo, Brooks dismissed off consecutive deliveries: The next was a length delivery that was pitched on middle stump swinging away. Bravo was forced to play and got a high edge that flew to K.L. Rahul at second slip, who did well to take the low catch.
Shamarh Brooks was then caught dead in front of the stumps with an inswinger. Brooks reviewed the decision but replays only confirmed that the ball will be hitting the wicket if it wasn’t for his front pad.
Umpire turned down LBW appeal but Kohli went for the review: Chase then took a full swinger low on his pads. The umpire turned down the LBW appeal from the Indian players but captain Virat Kohli went for the review.
Interestingly, none of his teammates were too enthusiastic about taking the decision upstairs but replays showed that Kohli was right in going for it. The ball was hitting leg stump and the umpire had to reverse his decision.
44th instance of a bowler taking a hat-trick in history of Test cricket: This is only the 44th instance of a bowler taking a hat-trick in the history of Test cricket and the third time that an Indian has done so.
Harbhajan Singh did so in the historic Eden Gardens Test between India and Australia in 2001 when he got Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist and Shane Warne off consecutive deliveries.
Irfan Pathan then dismissed Salman Butt, Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf in the third Test of India’s 2005/06 tour of Pakistan in Karachi.
This hat-trick belongs to Virat as much as it belongs to Bumrah, says Bhajji: Harbhajan Singh believes Jasprit Bumrah will forever remain indebted to Virat Kohli’s “gut feeling”, which got him the hat-trick, just like he is grateful to Sadagopan Ramesh for an incredible catch at forward short-leg 18 summers ago.
Harbhajan, India’s first-ever hat-trick man in Test cricket, lauded Bumrah, who became only the third (Irfan Pathan was second) from the country to achieve the milestone in the longest format.
“This hat-trick belongs to Virat as much as it belongs to Bumrah. The bowler wasn’t convinced but the skipper had a gut feeling. What if Virat wouldn’t have gone for that DRS? It was a brilliant call by the skipper which complemented his magnificent effort,” Harbhajan