Former Australia captain Michael Clarke was effusive in his praise of Jasprit Bumrah, saying that the India pacer “will soon become the best bowler in the world” across three formats. Bumrah returned with figures of 6-33 to help India bundle out Australia for 151 in their first innings in the third Test.
“He must be a great guy to play with and to captain. He doesn’t mind the pressure or the expectations. He wants to learn and is a workhorse not too long before he will become the best bowler in the world,” Clarke said on Sony Network.
“In the next few months, Bumrah will be the number one bowler in all three formats.”
Jasprit Bumrah took 6/33 and registered his third five-wicket haul as Australia were bowled out for 151, giving India a massive lead of 292 runs. It was indeed a surprise that Virat Kohli did not enforce the follow-on. Bumrah, along with Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma chipped in with vital wickets at crucial times.
For Australia, none of their batsmen got going as their woeful year with the bat continued. However, in a sensational burst of bowling, Pat Cummins took four wickets for just four runs as Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara were dismissed for 0. India lead by 346 runs and an interesting day 4 is in prospect.
Bumrah’s efforts on the third day of the Boxing day Test also made him the first bowler from the subcontinent to take a five-for or more in South Africa, England and Australia in the same year.
He has so far picked up 45 wickets in nine Tests this year.
(With inputs from PTI)