Jasprit Bumrah tore through the West Indies batting as he picked up a hat-trick and six of the seven wickets that left that the hosts reeling at 87 for 7 on Day 2 of the second and final Test at Kingston, Jamaica.
After Bumrah picked up the hat-trick, former West Indies cricketer turned commentator Ian Bishop revealed that some critics had questioned the legality of Bumrah’s bowling action. Responding to that, former India batsman Sunil Gavaskar, who was also in the commentary box with Bishop, said people with such views, should ‘get a life.’
Fast bowler Bumrah created history on Sunday as he became only the third Indian cricketer to get a hat-trick in Test cricket.
“I cannot believe some people questioning the legality of Jasprit Bumrah’s action,” Ian Bishop said during the commentary.
“His action is unique but is well within the rules of the game. In fact, it’s one of the cleanest ones. Some people really need to look in the mirror” Bishop added.
Expressing his disbelief, Gavaskar asked Bishop to name the critics, however the West Indian refrained from disclosing any identities of ‘some people’.
“Can you name them? Who are these people questioning Bumrah’s action?” Asked Gavaskar.
“Let’s look at it closely A few steps and then he gathers momentum and finally releases the ball with a straight arm. Now tell me at what point his arm is bent? It’s perfectly fine. People should really get a life,” Gavaskar said.
Bumrah got the wickets of Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks and Roston Chase off successive deliveries to achieve the feat.
Bumrah started the damage by getting Bravo caught-behind to KL Rahul at second slip for 4. He then trapped Shamarh Brooks plumb in front for a golden duck with an inswinging delivery. Roston Chase got a similar ball next up and was wrapped on the pads but the umpire gave it not out at first.