Friday, Sep 30, 2022

Jasprit Bumrah, India's Hat-trick Hero, Thanks Virat Kohli For Inspired Review Against West Indies

A timely DRS call from Virat Kohli helped Jasprit Bumrah become the third Indian after Harbhajan Singh and Irfan Pathan to take a Test hat-trick. Bumrah's 6/16 put his side in a great position in the second Test against West Indies at Kingston, Jamaica.

Jasprit Bumrah celebrates with teammates the dismissal of Roston Chase during Day 2 of the second Test between West Indies and India at Kingston, Jamaica on Saturday (August 31). AP

Jasprit Bumrah said Virat Kohli deserves some credit for his hat-trick against West Indies after India's captain successfully reviewed an LBW shout against Roston Chase. (2nd TEST, DAY 2 HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARD

Playing in just his 12th Test, Bumrah – who now has 61 wickets and a quintet of five-fors to his name – became just the third India bowler to claim a hat-trick in the longest form of the game.

The 25-year-old's onslaught did serious damage to the Windies, who were reduced to a dismal 87-7 by the close of play on day two, still 329 runs behind. (CRICKET NEWS

However, Bumrah insisted he could not take full credit for his hat-trick, which came when Kohli decided to review after Chase was given not out on the field.

"Actually I wasn't really sure of the appeal [for the hat-trick], I thought it was bat," Bumrah said in an interview with Kohli published on India's website.

"But, it was a good review, in the end, so I think I owe the hat-trick to the captain!"

Kohli pressed Bumrah (6-16) on his mentality heading into the innings, with India having amassed an impressive tally of 416 thanks to Hanuma Vihari's maiden Test century and a knock of 57 from Ishant Sharma.

"Sometimes when there's so much help from the wicket, a lot of bounce and late movement, you can get greedy, go for wickets and be over-aggressive," Bumrah said.

"At that time, you have to just keep things simple. Try to bowl good balls and create pressure. That's what was going on in my head."

Bumrah also praised the efforts of his fellow bowlers Ishant, Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja.

"There's a lot of communication that happens on the field as well," Bumrah said.

"When I'm getting wickets, it's somebody else's job to create pressure, and when they're getting wickets, it's my job to create the pressure.

"So a lot of communication goes on, a lot of ideas, and we try to help each other, if things are not going well we try to push each other on. It's a good relationship."


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