Jasprit Bumrah becomes 3rd Indian to take a test hat-trick

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Jamaica: Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah scripted history as he became the third Indian to take a Test hat-trick after Harbhajan Singh and Irfan Pathan. Bumrah removed Darren Bravo, Shamarah Brooks and Roston Chase off successive deliveries in the second Test at Jamaica and achieved the landmark.

Harbhajan did it in 2000-01 series against Australia at Kolkata while Pathan took a hat-trick on the first three balls of the Karachi Test in the 2006 series against Pakistan.

Bumrah was also only the third bowler to take a hat-trick in West Indies, after Jermaine Lawson and Matthew Hoggard.

He got Bravo to nick one to KL Rahul at second slip before Brooks was trapped lbw. Chase looked to flick one towards mid-wicket and was wrapped on the pads but the umpire turned the appeal down, however, Kohli opted to review and the decision was overturned. The hat-trick reduced West Indies to 13/4.

He also got the first wicket of John Campbell and soon completed a five-for by removing Kraigg Braithwaite. However, he limped off the field later clutching his calf, ending with figures of 5/12.

Bumrah also picked 5/7 in the second innings at Antigua.

His hat-trick was the 44th in Test history and the first since England spinner Moeen Ali against South Africa in 2017.

However, captain Virat Kohli, who has standing at the 2nd slip, quickly ran down to the center of the wicket and consulted with Jasprit Bumrah. Even before Bumrah responded, Kohli took the DRS and to everyone’s surprise got the decision overturned.

To the naked eye, it did not look out and Sunil Gavaskar, commentating for Sony Ten 1, said the DRS call could have been an impulsive decision.

“That would have gone down the leg-side. I think the excitement is what would have caused them to go for the review,” Gavaskar said before giving Virat Kohli a bit of credit for the wicket in Jasprit Bumrah’s hat-trick ball.

“It could not go to a more special bowler,” Ian Bishop said on air.

Jasprit Bumrah did not stop there as he went on to pick up a 6-wicket haul on Day 2 of the 2nd Test. Bumrah got the wicket of opener Kraigg Brathwaite with a full out-swinger. He walked off the pitch with a niggle but came back towards the end of the day to pick up his 6th — this time the big wicket of captain Jason Holder.

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