If I Had To Pick One Bowler To Bowl For Me In All Conditions Now, It Would Be Jasprit Bumrah: Michael Vaughan
Jasprit Bumrah starred with the ball as India thrashed Australia by 137 runs in the third Test to go 2-1 up in the series. With this win, India have not only taken an unassailable lead in the four-match series but have also retained the Border-Gavaskar series.
The MCG pitch had come under severe scrutiny after the Australian bowlers failed to find much help from it on the first two days. On the first day, they could manage only two wickets while on the following day, they picked up five as India declared on 443 for 7. However, on the same pitch, Jasprit Bumrah blew away the hosts, picking up 6 for 33 as India bowled out Australia for just 151 to take a 298-run lead.
In the second innings, India declared after scoring 106 for 8, thus setting the hosts an improbable total of 399. In reply, Australia were all out for 261. Bumrah impressed once again, picking up three wickets including that of Pat Cummins who was proving to be a tough nut to crack. Bumrah has arguably been the best Indian bowler in the series. He has picked up 20 wickets in three Tests of the series so far.
The 9-wicket haul helped Bumrah become the Indian pacer with most wickets in a Test match in Australia. Bumrah also recorded five-wicket hauls in South Africa, England and Australia – becoming the first Asian pacer to do that in the same calendar year. He also ends the year with a staggering 48 wickets in overseas Tests which is the most overseas Test wickets for an Asian pacer in a calendar year and third most for a bowler in a debut calendar year.
Bumrah has been garnering praise from all over for his performance and former England skipper Michael Vaughan also lauded the pacer. Vaughan took to Twitter to hail Bumrah, writing:
“If I had to pick one bowler to bowl for me in all conditions now it would be @Jaspritbumrah93 .. he has absolutely everything .. Unorthodoxy,Pace,Swing,Seam,variation,hostility & he is a lovely bloke !! #AUSvIND”
If I had to pick one bowler to bowl for me in all conditions now it would be @Jaspritbumrah93 .. he has absolutely everything .. Unorthodoxy,Pace,Swing,Seam,variation,hostility & he is a lovely bloke !! #AUSvIND
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) December 30, 2018
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