India vs Australia 3rd Test Melbourne: Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has taken some rapid strides in the international arena in the last year or so with consistent match-changing or match-winning performances in cricket’s purest (Test cricket) format. Widely hailed as one of the best bowlers in world cricket when it comes to the limited-overs cricket, Bumrah’s rise in Tests adds more weight to his already glittering resume. In the ongoing Boxing Day Test against Australia, the 25-year old pacer surpassed former Indian greats – Dileep Doshi, Venkatesh Prasad, Narendra Hirwani and S Sreesanth to pick up most wickets in his debut calendar year for India. Bumrah’s career-best figures of 6/33 also made him the first bowler from the sub-continent to take a five-for or more in South Africa, England and Australia in the same year.

Most wickets in debut calendar year for India:

41 J Bumrah (2018) *
40 Dileep Doshi (1979)
37 V Prasad (1996)
36 N Hirwani (1988)
35 S Sreesanth (2006)

On day 3 of the Boxing Day Test at MCG, Bumrah once again showed his class when he bowled an absolute gem to get the better of Australia’s most experienced batsman – Shaun Marsh. With that delivery, he not only displayed his wide variety of tricks but also proved why he is such an astute cricketer in all formats. The right-arm paceman produced an inspirational yorker (slow dipping delivery) at the stroke of lunch on day 3 that caught Shaun Marsh plumb in front of the wicket as Australia’s top-order was completely blown away on the third morning.

Not only Bumrah, but the whole India’s fast bowling troika of – Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami have been on the money in 2018. The daunting Indian troika played a big role in India’s success in Test cricket in 2018. They have matched some biggest names in world cricket like – Joel Garner, Michael Holding, Malcolm Marshall, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Makhaya Ntini with their superlative performance in Tests.

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In 2018, the Indian trio of Bumrah, Ishant and Shami have shared 123 wickets (2018*) so far, which put them in the joint-second list with the South African troika of Ntini, Steyn and Morkel (2008). The legendary Windies trio of Garner, Holdin and Marshall are at the top of the list with 130 wickets (1984) against their name.

Since making his Test debut on the pacy Cape Town track against South Africa, the Indian pacer has gone on to script some of the famous wins for his country in 2018. Putting aside all the doubts around his ability to perform with red-ball, Bumrah not only emerged as a highly-skilled bowler but also proved that he is the second pacer after legendary Zaheer Khan, who has proven that fast bowling is more about brains than brawn.

However, Bumrah’s success in 2018 is the story of the year for Indian cricket. Since making his Test debut on the pacy Cape Town track against South Africa, the Indian pacer has gone on to script some of the famous wins for his country in 2018. Putting aside all the doubts around his ability to perform with red-ball, Bumrah not only emerged as a highly-skilled bowler but also proved that he is the second pacer after legendary Zaheer Khan, who has proven that fast bowling is more about brains than brawn.

While watching Bumrah marking his run-up on the field is arguably the best sight in modern times, every Indian cricket lover feels proud to watch a local fast bowler outsmarting some of the world’s best batters with his guile, skill, nous and above all his ohh-so-intelligent ‘mind’. Boom Boom Bumrah is the new slogan these days!