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Bumrah makes history in his debut Tests year

December 30, 2018 17:32 IST

No Indian bowler has had a better debut year in Test cricket than the young lad from the Gujarat and Mumbai Indians teams.
Rajneesh Gupta explains why.

Jasprit Bumrah was awesome in the MCG Test. Photograph: Michael Dodge/Getty Images

IMAGE: Jasprit Bumrah celebrates yet another wicket in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG. Photograph: Michael Dodge/Getty Images

India have taken a 2-1 lead over Australia in the four Test series and Jasprit Bumrah played the stellar part in India's win with figures of 6/33 in the first innings and 3/53 in the second innings.

It was no surprise that Bumrah was chosen Player of the Match in the Boxing Day game.

Bumrah's match figures of 9/86 are now the best by an Indian pacer in a Test in Australia.

Best match figures by Indian pacers in Australia

FiguresBowlerVenueSeason
9/86 Jasprit Bumrah Melbourne 2018-2019
8/109 Kapil Dev Adelaide 1985-1986
8/160 Ajit Agarkar Adelaide 2003-2004
8/163 Kapil Dev Adelaide 1991-1992

Jasprit Bumrah celebrate his maiden 5 wickets in Test cricket in the third and final Test against South Africa at the Wanderers, January 25, 2018. Photograph: James Oatway/Reuters

IMAGE: Jasprit Bumrah celebrate his maiden 5 wickets in Test cricket in the third and final Test against South Africa at the Wanderers, January 25, 2018. Photograph: James Oatway/Reuters

It is indeed remarkable the way Bumrah made an impression in 2018, his debut year in Test cricket.

In the 9 Tests he played this year, Bumrah has been India's most successful bowler with 48 wickets.

Bumrah's tally of 48 wickets is the highest by an Indian bowler and the third best by any bowler in his debut year.

Take a look:

Most wickets in debut year in Test cricket

 TestsWicketsAverageBest5IYear
Terry Alderman (Australia) 10 54 22.62 6/135 4 1981
Curtly Ambrose (West Indies) 11 49 23.20 5/72 1 1988
Jasprit Bumrah (India) 9 48 21.02 6/33 3 2018
Steven Finn (England) 11 46 26.23 6/125 3 2010
Roy Tattersall (England) 12 44 26.68 7/52 3 1951
Ted McDonald (Australia) 11 43 33.28 5/32 2 1921
Jack Saunders (Australia) 7 42 19.31 7/34 3 1902
Dominic Cork (England) 9 42 25.31 7/43 2 1995
Stuart Clark (Australia) 8 42 17.76 5/55 1 2006

Jasprit Bumrah celebrates after dismissing England's Jos Buttler on Day 4 of the third Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, August 22, 2018. He took 5/85 in the game setting up an Indian win. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

IMAGE: Jasprit Bumrah celebrates after dismissing England's Jos Buttler on Day 4 of the third Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, August 22, 2018.
He took 5/85 in the game setting up an Indian win. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Most wickets by Indian bowlers in debut year in Test cricket

 TestsWicketsAverageBest5IYear
Jasprit Bumrah 9 48 21.02 6/33 3 2018
Dilip Doshi 10 40 24.00 6/103 2 1979
Venkatesh Prasad 8 37 22.68 6/104 4 1996
Narendra Hirwani 4 36 14.61 8/61 3 1988
Shantakumaran Sreesanth 7 35 24.37 5/40 1 2006
Shivlal Yadav 9 32 27.19 4/35 0 1979

The 48 wickets Bumrah has taken are easily the most by any Indian pacer in his first 9 Tests.

Bumrah went past the tally of 40 by Venkatesh Prasad and Shantakumaran Sreesanth.

Most wickets by Indian pacers in first 9 Tests

 WicketsAverageStrike Rate
Jasprit Bumrah 48 21.02 47.45
Venkatesh Prasad 40 24.23 51.90
Shantakumaran Sreesanth 40 27.25 48.42
R P Singh 34 33.88 52.15
Irfan Pathan 32 30.03 61.13
Mohammed Shami 32 36.31 60.00
Umesh Yadav 32 32.50 46.41

Rajneesh Gupta
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