The veteran Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh praised the Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah who recently claimed a Test hat-trick. However, Harbhajan has also credited the Indian captain Virat Kohli for that hat-trick as his confident review resulted in Bumrah’s hat-trick.
On day two of the second and final Test between Windies and India at Sabina Park (Kingston, Jamaica), Jasprit Bumrah claimed his maiden Test hat-trick. During the ninth over in that innings, Bumrah dismissed Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks and Roston Chase in three successive deliveries.
Bravo was caught at slip while Brooks and Chase both lost their wickets through the lbw. Bumrah wasn’t confident during the dismissal of Chase as he didn’t appeal to that. He thought that Chase managed to touch that ball with his bat.
However, the Indian captain Virat Kohli, who was fielding at the slip position at that moment, was very confident on his appeal. Kohli was confident that there was no bat involved. So, he quickly took the review as the bowling-end umpire Paul Reiffel gave the not-out decision on India’s earlier appeal on that delivery.
The review showed three red marks and Bumrah claimed his deserving Test hat-trick.
According to PTI, Harbhajan told, “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.”
Jasprit Bumrah became the third Indian bowler to claim a Test hat-trick. The off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was the first Indian bowler to claim a Test hat-trick while the left-arm pacer Irfan Pathan was the next Indian bowler to achieve this feat.
Harbhajan Singh credits Sadagoppan Ramesh for his Test hat-trick
Harbhajan Singh managed to claim his Test hat-trick against Australia at Eden Gardens (Kolkata) on 11th March 2001. He dismissed Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist and Shane Warne in three successive deliveries to complete his Test hat-trick.
Harbhajan credits Sadagoppan Ramesh for that Test hat-trick as he took a stunner at short leg to dismiss Shane Warne. Warne’s dismissal completed Harbhajan’s Test hat-trick.
Harbhajan told about his Test hat-trick, “I remember that I discussed with Dada (Sourav Ganguly) and we decided to keep it on stumps and try for a third leg-before, but Warne flicked it.
“Now to be honest, Ramesh wasn’t the most athletic of the guys in that team. Yet at forward short-leg, he pulled off that stunner with a less than split second reaction time. Whenever I have later met Ramesh, I told him, ‘buddy my hat-trick belongs to you’.
“That’s why I believe that some things happen that come together, and such a beautiful thing happens. It was Ramesh’s brilliance then and it’s Virat’s conviction now.
Talking about the best moment in that hat-trick, Harbhajan mentioned Rahul Dravid’s celebration.
He added, “I have never seen Rahul so excited, jumping with joy. Perhaps, he also didn’t believe Ramesh can pull off such a catch.”
Jasprit Bumrah is a rare Diamond
The 25-year-old right-arm pacer Jasprit Bumrah is in lethal form. At the stumps of day two of ongoing Jamaica Test, Bumrah had the bowling figures of 9.1-3-16-6. His bowling destroyed Windies’ batting line-up as they were struggling on 87/7 at the stumps of the day.
In the previous Test at Antigua, Bumrah had the bowling figures of 8-4-7-5 in the fourth innings that helped India to bundle out Windies for just 100 runs.
Harbhajan Singh highly praised Bumrah as he called the Indian pacer as a rare diamond.
The veteran off-spinner said, “Indian cricket is blessed to have a match winner like Bumrah. This hat-trick will only help his legend grow but even without that he is an incredible performer. I mean 5 wickets in 7 overs in last game and 6 wickets in 9 overs in this game. You can’t ask for more. He is a rare diamond.”
A hat-trick is always a praiseworthy feat but if it happens in Test cricket, it’s all the more creditable
Harbhajan Singh has also added that the Test hat-trick is the best achievements among the international hat-tricks.
He said, “A hat-trick is always a praiseworthy feat but if it happens in Test cricket, it’s all the more creditable.
“In ODIs, you are always in with a chance in the death overs – say from 47th to 50th when batsmen are attacking. If they attack you will always fancy your chances of a bowled or a catch in the deep.
“But in Test matches, it is a different ball game. The batsmen are not always attacking. The defence will be tighter and their skill comes into play. Look at Bumrah’s deliveries. The length and how it was tailing in. That’s pure skills.”
After the Antigua Test, Bumrah first time entered the top 10 ICC Test bowling rankings as he is in the seventh position. Bumrah is also the no.1-ranked ODI bowler.