Jasprit Bumrah took 6/16 and his spell also included a hat-trick as India were on top against the West Indies. (Image credit: Twitter)
Jasprit Bumrah was on the cusp of history during the second Test against West Indies at Jamaica. The wickets of Darren Bravo and Shamarh Brooks had put him on the cusp of a hat-trick. During one of the dismissals, Virat Kohli could be clearly heard saying "What a bowler, man! What a bowler." When Bumrah trapped Roston Chase in front, India appealed but the umpire did not give it out. Virat Kohli opted for the review and replays showed the ball was hitting leg stump. The decision was overturned and Bumrah became the third Indian bowler after Harbhajan Singh and Irfan Pathan to achieve this feat in Tests.
Speaking to BCCI.TV after the end of the day, Bumrah credited Kohli for the hat-trick. "I owe my hat-trick to the captain. Actually I didn't know, I was not very sure of the appeal, I thought it was bat so I didn't appeal so much, but it was a good review in the end," Bumrah told Kohli who was holding the mike during an interaction on the official website.
Bumrah produced a spell of brilliance to take 6/16 in nine overs to reduce West Indies to 87/7 after India posted 416 thanks to Hanuma Vihari's maiden century and fifties from Virat Kohli, Ishant Sharma and Mayank Agarwal. Bumrah spoke about how his plan was on a pitch which helped the pacers.
"Sometimes when there is so much of help in the wicket, we saw in the previous inning as well there was a lot of bounce they were getting a lot of bounce, they were getting late movement as well. So, sometimes, when there is so much of help you can get greedy, you can go for wickets, you can try to be over aggressive, that time you have to keep things simple, just try and bowl good balls and create pressure. That was the thing that was going on in my head," Bumrah said.
Kohli, the leader of the team asked Bumrah, the leader of the pace pack about understanding among the fast bowlers. "Understanding is very good with other pacers. There is a lot of communication that goes on and off the field as well. When I am getting wickets, somebody else' job at that time is to create pressure, when somebody else is getting wickets my job is to create pressure. So a lot of communication goes -- when there is no help what we can do -- Ishant has played more than 90 Test matches, Shami has played a lot of Tests. So lot of ideas come in and then we try to help each other if things are not going well, push each other. So that's a good relation going on and hopefully we will continue," Bumrah said.