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On Saturday (31st August), Jasprit Bumrah became the third Indian bowler to claim a Test hat-trick.
It was the second day of the second and final Test of this series between Windies and India at Sabina Park (Kingston, Jamaica). The entire day was fabulous for India along with the pacer Jasprit Bumrah.
Starting the day on the overnight score of 264/5, India managed to score 416 runs before losing their all wickets. Hanuma Vihari (111 runs) scored a brilliant century while Ishant Sharma (57 runs) scored his maiden Test half-century.
In reply, Windies had a very poor start due to Jasprit Bumrah’s impressive Test hat-trick. The whole hat-trick incident happened during the ninth over of Windies’ first innings, which was also Bumrah’s fourth over in that innings.
Before that over, Bumrah already took one wicket where he dismissed the opener John Campbell (2 runs).
The hat-trick over
On the second ball of the ninth over of that innings, Darren Bravo was caught out by KL Rahul (4 runs) at the slip. Bumrah dismissed Shamarh Brooks (0) on the very next delivery. The Indian pacer trapped Brooks for the lbw and the bowling-end umpire Paul Reiffel raised his finger straightaway. Though Brooks decided to take that review, the review showed three reds.
Bumrah magic continued till the next delivery. This time, Roston Chase lost his wicket on a golden duck after Bumrah trapped him for lbw. However, there was a drama on Bumrah’s hat-trick delivery. At first, the bowling-end umpire Paul Reiffel didn’t entertain the appeal from the Indian fielders. Bumrah and most of the Indian fielders were unsure but the Indian captain Virat Kohli was very confident and finally took that review. The review showed three reds which resulted in another dismissal that completed Bumrah’s deserving Test hat-trick.
Here are some crucial stats of this hat-trick
- First Indian bowler to claim a Test hat-trick outside the Asian soil.
- Third Indian bowler to claim a Test hat-trick. The other two Indian bowlers to achieve this feat were the off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and the left-arm pacer Irfan Pathan.
- It was the third Test hat-trick for any bowler on the Caribbean soil.
- Seventh Indian bowler to claim a hat-trick in an international match. The other six Indian bowlers in this list are Chetan Sharma (ODI), Kapil Dev (ODI), Harbhajan Singh (Test), Irfan Pathan (Test), Kuldeep Yadav (ODI) and Mohammed Shami (ODI).
- Jasprit Bumrah is the 40th different bowler to claim a Test hat-trick. Four bowlers claimed two Test hat-tricks.
- It was the 44th hat-trick in Test cricket history.
Brief histories of the other Indian bowlers’ Test hat-trick
On 11th March 2001, Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh claimed a hat-trick against Australia at Eden Gardens (Kolkata). He was the first Indian bowler to achieve a Test hat-trick. Harbhajan completed that hat-trick after dismissing Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist and Shane Warne in three consecutive deliveries.
On 29th January 2006, the left-arm pacer Irfan Pathan became the second Indian bowler to claim a Test hat-trick. It was the very first over of the Test match between Pakistan and India at National Stadium (Karachi). Pathan dismissed Salman Butt, Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf in three successive deliveries. Till the date, Pathan is the only bowler to claim a Test hat-trick in the first over of a match.
Jasprit Bumrah took six wickets at the end of the day two
Coming back to the Jamaica Test, Jasprit Bumrah finished the day on a high note. At the end of the day, his bowling figures were 9.1-3-16-6. Meanwhile, Windies were struggling on 87/7 at the stumps of day two. Pacer Mohammed Shami (1/19) took the other wicket in that innings. India are still ahead by 329 runs.