Jasprit Bumrah of India celebrates the dismissal of Kraigg Brathwaite of West Indies during day 4 of the 1st Test between West Indies and India at Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium in North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda, on August 25, 2019. (Photo by Randy Brooks / AFP)
Former India batsman Sunil Gavaskar has lashed out at people who questioned and criticised Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling action after the latter became the third Indian bowler to pick up a hat-trick in Test cricket.
Moments after Bumrah scalped his maiden hat-trick on the second day of the ongoing Test against the West Indies at the Sabina Park, cricketer-turned commentator Ian Bishop made a shocking revelation.
While commentating on Saturday, Bishop stated that ‘some people’ had questioned the legality of Bumrah’s bowling action and said: “I cannot believe some people questioning the legality of Jasprit Bumrah’s action.”
“His action is unique but is well within the rules of the game. In fact, it’s one of the cleanest ones. Some people really need to look in the mirror” Bishop added,
To this, Gavaskar, who was also present in the commentary box, expressed his disbelief. “Can you name them? Who are these people questioning Bumrah’s action?” asked Gavaskar.
“Let’s look at it closely…A few steps and then he gathers momentum and finally releases the ball with a straight arm. Now tell me at what point his arm is bent? It’s perfectly fine”, said Gavaskar, adding, “People should really get a life.”
Bumrah, who recently became the quickest fast Indian bowler to pick 50 wickets, finished with figures of 6 for 27 in the first innings, helping India bowl out West Indies for a paltry 117 runs.
India, who were bowled out for 416 in the first innings, declared their second innings at 168 for 4 with vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane (64*) and Hanuma Vihari (53*) scoring half-centuries.
Chasing a mammoth 468-run target, West Indies were 45 for 2 after Stumps on Day 3.
(With inputs from IANS)