When Jasprit Bumrah Bagged Maiden Test Fifer For India 

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For any fast bowler, two moments are always special in his Test match career. One, when he is adorned with a maiden Test match cap for his country and the other when he produces his first-ever five-wicket haul in the great format. Jasprit Bumrah achieved both the landmarks during India's 2018 trip to South Africa. 

After showcasing initial nerves during his debut in the first match of the three-Test series in Cape Town, it didn't take Bumrah long to make his first big stride into prominence as the red-ball quick with a spectacular five-fer in the third Test in Johannesburg.

With India having conceded an unassailable 2-0 lead following close-fought defeats in the previous two Tests and posting a modest 187 all out in the first-innings on a treacherous playing surface at the Wanderers Stadium, they required their rising pace attack to come to the fore. 

After Ishant Sharma provided India control and kept the pressure on while Bhuvneshwar Kumar built the initial inroads, it was the turn of Bumrah to take the centre stage and he did so with such gusto that the young right-arm quick ended up with his memorable maiden fifer. 

When Bumrah Took His Maiden Test Fifer 

Bumrah delivered perhaps the biggest scalp of the first-innings when he dismissed the great Hashim Amla while he was standing firm at the crease for his top score of 61 off 121 deliveries and had threatened to give the South Africans a sizeable lead. 

In a terrific burst, Bumrah then dismissed key middle-order pairing of Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock cheaply at the crease. That is when Indians would've began hoping for a comeback in the Test match and their ace bowler made sure the visitors could continue believing via a sustained assault against the lower-order men. 

Bumrah added the wickets of underrated tail wager Andile Phehlukwayo to his kitty and finished off with 5 for 54 off 18.5 overs with the final breakthrough of No.11 Lungi Ngidi. He made sure Proteas could only post a lead of seven runs before India dominated the second half of the epic fixture and registered a historic overseas Test match win in the rainbow nation.