Jasprit Bumrah was on fire as he picked up the big wicket of Australia’s premier batsman Steve Smith for eight runs on Day 3 of the Boxing Day Test at MCG on Monday. It was a freakish dismissal as Smith was bowled round his legs – something that rarely happens. It seemed like a leg-side trap! Also Read - Washington Sundar Reveals Best Moment of His Life, Says it is Rishabh Pant's Winning Four at Gabba vs Australia
Smith walked across his stumps trying to whip it off his hips and Bumrah was dead accurate with his delivery that kissed the leg-stump bails. Initially, Bumrah and Smith did not realise what had happened, but soon it was evident that it was bowled. Also Read - Rahul Dravid on Receiving Praise For India's Historic Series Win Over Australia: 'The Boys Deserve All The Credit'
Here is the dismissal: Also Read - IPL 2021: MS Dhoni-Led Chennai Super Kings Strategy at Upcoming IPL 14 Mini-Auction in February
Smith has not been in the best of form in the ongoing Test series after two Tests and four outings. This has also been among his worse runs in Test cricket.
Lowest aggregate for Smith in a Test (dismissed twice)
2 & 1 vs Eng Lord’s 2013
0 & 8 vs Ind MCG 2020/21 *
6 & 5 vs Eng Trent Bridge 2015
5 & 7 vs SA Cape Town 2017/18
It was a big wicket for India as Smith is a world-class player and has the capability of batting for long hours.
Earlier in the day, India was bundled out for 326 in their first innings on Day 3 of the second Test against Australia in Melbourne. They took a lead of 131 runs with Ajinkya Rahane starring after hitting a century while Ravindra Jadeja scored a fifty.
At the time of filing the copy, the hosts were reeling at 84 for three. Travis Head has joined Matthew Wade after the dismissal of Smith. The two in the middle have a huge responsibility on their shoulders.