On a spinning-track at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, Jasprit Bumrah became the unlikely hero for India against Sri Lanka. Having put up a total of 252 runs on board in first innings, the onus was on the spin trio of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel to do the job for home side. But much to everyone’s surprise, it was Bumrah who wreaked havoc with his fiery bowling.
The right-arm pacer seemed to be enjoying bowling with the pink-ball as he bowled a magical spell, registering his maiden 5-wicket haul in India, his 8th in Test cricket. He registered figures of 10-4-24-5 as Sri Lanka were bowled out on 109 in first innings.
Sensational bowling from Boom Boom Bumrah!
After the Indian pacer had dismissed Kusal Mendis and Lahiru Thirimanne with perfect line and length bowling, he sent Angelo Mathews back to pavilion with an exceptional change-of-pace delivery. On the morning of Day 2, he reached the milestone by taking the wickets of Lasith Embuldeniya and Niroshan Dickwella through ferocious bouncers.
Bumrah completes 300 wickets in international cricket
The 28-year-old has been absolutely exceptional for India ever since he made his debut. With his impressive spell of bowling in Bengaluru, Bumrah has now entered an elite club of Indian pacers having 300 wickets in international cricket.
Most wickets by pacers for India in international cricket:
Kapil Dev – 687
Zaheer Khan – 597
Javagal Srinath – 551
Ishant Sharma – 434
Mohd. Shami – 380
Ajit Agarkar – 349
Irfan Pathan – 301
Jasprit Bumrah – 300
The pacer has 67 scalps in 57 T20Is, 113 wickets in 70 ODIs and 120 dismissals in 29* Test matches in what has been a sensational international career so far for him.