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India’s gun fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah gave credit to Virat Kohli for his maiden hat-trick in the Test fold. Bumrah became the third Indian bowler to scalp a hat-trick after Harbhajan Singh and Irfan Pathan. Meanwhile, Bumrah was able to get two wickets in two balls when he got the wicket of Darren Bravo and Shamarh Brooks.
Subsequently, Bumrah was able to plumb Roston Chase in front of the wickets. However, the fast bowler was not sure whether the batsman had got any bat before the ball made contact with the pad. Kohli asked him the same whether there was any bat and went for the review straight away.
I owe my hat-trick to the captain.
There was no bat and Bumrah had his maiden hat-trick in the Test format. Subsequently, he claimed his five-wicket haul and breathed down the neck of the West Indies batsmen.
“I didn’t know actually. I was not very sure of the appeal…I thought it was bat. So, I didn’t appeal so much but it was a good review in the end. So, I think I owe that hat-trick to the captain,” Bumrah told Kohli during a candid chat for BCCI.tv
“We had a discussion…I asked him what he thinks and he thought the guy has hit it. So the only question was if the ball was on the line? Everything was in front of the wickets but I think it is bat. We all discussed and Jinks [Ajinkya Rahane] and I thought he is late on the ball…so, we went for the review,” Kohli explained his decision to go upstairs.
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On the other hand, Harbhajan Singh also stated that the hat-trick belongs to Kohli as much it does to Bumrah.
Bumrah was on fire.
“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 told PTI on Sunday.
The fast bowler has bowled with fire and the West Indies batsmen had no answer to the assault of Bumrah. The talismanic bowler has ticked the right boxes and it was his fifth five-wicket haul in his early Test career.
Bumrah already has six wickets under his bag and West Indies trail by a gargantuan margin of 329 runs.