Skipper Virat Kohli’s judgment of reviewing an on-field decision has been a laughing stock for quite some time and once again he decided to literally “waste” a DRS call. It was the fourth ball of the 9th over of the first innings of West Indies in Jamaica and Darren Bravo was on strike when Kohli decided to challenge the original decision.
But for once, Kohli’s call to go for a review brought a lot of success. Jasprit Bumrah suddenly found himself in the history books. Bumrah was on a hattrick on this ball and the right-handed fast bowler had produced a perfect delivery that came into the right-hander quickly after tapping the surface.
The naked eye suggested that the ball might have gone down the leg stump and the on-field umpire signaled Roston Chase who was facing the ball not out. Bumrah himself wasn’t sure whether the ball had hit the stumps but captain Kohli went upstairs trusting his gut feeling and the rest is HISTORY.
Bumrah had etched his name in the record books to become the third Indian after Harbhajan Singh and Irfan to pick a Test hattrick.
SCREENPLAY OF THE HATTRICK
Darren Bravo was peppered with some deliveries around his off-stump before he finally edged a back of the length delivery to give an easy catch to KL Rahul at the slips.
Then came Shamarah Brooks at number 4. Bumrah’s pace and swing were at the peak and Brooks had no answer to the brutal combination with which the fast bowler bowled that delivery. It was an inswinging length delivery from Bumrah that trapped Brooks in front of the stumps.
Chase came in next and his dismissal was a kind of replica that we had seen on the last ball. Bumrah bowled the same delivery to Chase and he too was given out LBW after the soft decision was reviewed.