Jasprit Bumrah took his fourth five-wicket haul as India achieved their biggest win overseas. (Image credit: Jasprit Bumrah Twitter)
Virat Kohli's Indian cricket team continued their domination of the West Indies team as they comfortably won the first Test at North Sound, Antigua by a massive margin of 318 runs. Ajinkya Rahane was the star with knocks of 81 and 102 and he was well supported by fifties from Virat Kohli (51) and Hanuma Vihari (93) in the second innings. However, the win was set-up brilliantly by Jasprit Bumrah who took 5/7 in eight overs as West Indied were bowled out for 100, their lowest total against India. West Indies were in danger of not even reaching 100 when they were reeling at 50/9 but some big hits from Kemar Roach ensured the Windies reached 100.
In the process of his spell of 5/7, Jasprit Bumrah created a special record. Bumrah achieved the most economical five-wicket haul in Tests by an Indian bowler. The previous cheapest five-wicket haul was by left-arm orthodox spinner Venkatapathy Raju when he took 6/12 against Sri Lanka in Chandigarh in 1990. Harbhajan Singh had also taken 5/13 when he ran through the West Indies in Jamaica in 2006.
Bumrah also achieved a first for an Asian bowler in Test history. The right-arm pacer took his fourth five-wicket haul in Tests and it has come in four different tours and in his first set of tours. Bumrah took his first five-wicket haul in Johannesburg against South Africa and he followed it up with a five-wicket haul in Trent Bridge, Melbourne and now Antigua. Remarkably, India have won all Tests where Bumrah has taken a five-wicket haul.
After missing the first couple of Tests in England, Bumrah took 5/85 in Trent Bridge as India secured their only win in the five-match series which they lost 1-4. In Australia, Bumrah's haul of 6/33 helped India win in Melbourne for the first time in 37 years as India registered a win in a Test series in Australia for the first time.
With his fourth five-wicket haul helping India to a big win, Bumrah has once again shown that he India's ultimate pacer in overseas condition. Having become the fastest by an Indian to 50 wickets in Tests, the right-arm pcer would be hoping to create more records in the near future and help India become dominant in overseas conditions.