India’s vice-captain, Jasprit Bumrah, etched his name in the annals of cricket history by becoming the fastest Indian pacer to claim 150 Test wickets. The momentous achievement unfolded during the ongoing second Test against England in Visakhapatnam when Bumrah showcased his bowling brilliance to dismiss Ben Stokes with a splendid cutter, marking his 150th Test scalp in just 34 matches.
The list of fastest Indians to 150 Test wickets now includes Bumrah, who shares the third position with the legendary Anil Kumble and Erapalli Prasanna. R Ashwin leads the chart as the fastest, accomplishing the feat in a mere 29 matches, followed by Ravindra Jadeja in 32 matches.
Jasprit Bumrah’s journey to this landmark underscores his exceptional bowling prowess, with an impressive average of over 20.7. His career-best Test innings figures of 6/27 against West Indies in Kingston in 2019, featuring a memorable hat-trick, showcase his extraordinary talent and skill on the cricketing stage.
Here is the video of bowling masterclass from Jasprit Bumrah:
𝘚𝘵𝘰𝘬𝘦𝘴’ 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘴𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘪𝘵 𝘢𝘭𝘭 😱
— JioCinema (@JioCinema) February 3, 2024
In the broader context of Asian pacers, Bumrah stands out as the second-fastest, with only the legendary Waqar Younis surpassing him by achieving 150 Test wickets in just 27 matches. Bumrah joins the elite ranks of Imran Khan and Shoaib Akhtar, both Pakistan cricket icons, who reached the milestone in 37 matches, highlighting the rich tradition of fast bowling talent in Asia.
Adding another feather to his cap, Bumrah secured his 10th five-wicket haul in Test cricket by dismissing Tom Hartley. The prized wickets of Joe Root, Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, and Hartley in the second innings disrupted England’s charge, showcasing Bumrah’s consistency and ability to dismantle formidable batting line-ups.
Jasprit Bumrah’s rapid ascent to 150 Test wickets reaffirms his status as one of the premier fast bowlers in international cricket. His remarkable accomplishment is a testament to his dedication, skill, and the impact he continues to make on the cricketing world.