Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah reminded the Proteas of the challenge that awaits, after taking a hat-trick on day two of India’s second Test against the West Indies at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica.
Bumrah will likely be a key figure during next month’s three Tests against South Africa in Visakhapatnam, Pune and Ranchi.
Saturday saw the talented right-armer clinch telling figures of 6/16, as the West Indies slipped to 87/7 in response to the tourists’ 416 all out. The haul included the successive dismissals of middle-order batsmen Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks and Roston Chase.
A day I won’t forget 💥🇮🇳🦁 pic.twitter.com/MnAfCoh20T
— Jasprit Bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) September 1, 2019
The hat-trick marked the 44th in Test cricket – and the third by an Indian. Spinner Harbhajan Singh and seamer Irfan Pathan claimed hat-tricks against Australia and Pakistan in 2001 and 2006, respectively.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) September 1, 2019
The 25-year-old Bumrah has played three Tests against the Proteas, with 14 wickets at an average of 25.21. He was particularly telling during last year’s fixture at the Wanderers in Johannesburg en route to a five-wicket haul that included the removals of the veteran Hashim Amla, captain Faf du Plessis and wicketkeeper-batman Quinton de Kock.
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