Jasprit Bumrah, on Saturday, became the third Indian to pick up a hat trick in Test matches.
Bumrah’s hat trick came in the ninth over of the West Indies innings, putting the West Indian batting in deep trouble. Darren Bravo was the first scalp that came on the second ball of the over, when KL Rahul claimed a catch in the slip. Bumrah bowled an absolute peach of a delivery that would have troubled any left-hand batsman in the world.
Facing his first ball was Shamarh Brooks, who got an in-dipper, and was trapped in front, which stayed out after the review.
The hat trick though was claimed only due to the captain Virat Kohli. Bumrah did not seem confident during his appeal after a similar inswinger to Roston Chase hit his pads. It was Kohli who insisted on reviewing despite Bumrah not being interested in it. The eyes were stuck to the big scree for the replay which showed three reds, much to the delight of the Indian team. Thanks to the Indian captain’s review, Bumrah became the third Indian to claim a hat trick in Test matches.
The two other hat tricks have a special place in Indian cricket.
Irfan Pathan, against Pakistan in 2006, was incredible in picking three wickets on the first three balls of the innings.
The visuals of another hat trick in India cricket history are still quite fresh. A 20-year old Harbhajan Singh claimed a five-wicket haul dismissing Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist and Shane Warne off consecutive deliveries in 2001.
Bumrah now joins these players after rattling West Indies. The hosts were reduced 22 for 5 in 13 overs, with all the five wickets claimed by Bumrah.
Only one year into his test cricket, Jasprit Bumrah has quickly risen as one of the best fast bowler, not only in Indian cricket but also in world cricket.