India vs Australia 3rd Test Melbourne: India pacer Jasprit Bumrah has undoubtedly been the biggest find for India in Tests in 2018. But do you know who spotted him first? It was former Indian coach John Wright who recognised the potential in him first. The speedster made his Test debut in 2018 and has gone on to pick a five-wicket haul in South Africa and then he repeated the same with another fifer in England and then now in Australia he has got his career-best figures of six for 33.
In a recent interview with Mumbai Mirror, Wright recalled a T20 match Bumrah had played in 2013 in Ahmedabad and his performance there caught Wright’s attention.
“He was playing in a T20 match in Ahmedabad in 2013,” Wright said. “I watched him the bowl last two or three overs of the innings. He bowled fast yorkers with an interesting action. One of his deliveries hit the footmark and flew right over the head of keeper Parthiv Patel. It went for four byes,” Wright said.
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)
Meanwhile, in the ongoing third Test at Melbourne India need two more wickets to take an unassailable 2-1 lead in the ongoing four-match series.
Australia: 151 & 258/8 (Pat Cummins 61 batting, Usman Khawaja 33; Ravindra Jadeja 3/82) vs India: 443/7(d) & 106/8(d) (Mayank Agarwal 42, Rishabh Pant 33; Pat Cummins 6/27) at stumps on Day 4.