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 Top Five Test Bowling Performance By  Jasprit Bumrah In SENA Countries

image-lqp5kt3kJasprit Bumrah (x.com)

Jasprit Bumrah stands as an unyielding force, a modern-day maestro whose dexterity with the ball transcends the boundaries of conventional challenges. His remarkable ability of conquering the varied and often unforgiving conditions of SENA countries - South Africa, England, New Zealand, and Australia - has already solidified his status as one of the modern-day titans of Test cricket.

With unwavering determination and an arsenal of skills at his disposal, Bumrah has orchestrated a number of match-altering performances, often resulting in memorable overseas victories for Team India. His ability of adapting to the surfaces SENA nations has elevated him to a league of extraordinary bowlers, cementing his place among the pantheon of cricketing legends.

Celebrating Jasprit Bumrah’s storied Test career, here at OneCricket, we take a look at five of his finest bowling displays in matches held within the confinement of SENA countries.

Top Five Jasprit Bumrah Bowling Performances In SENA Tests:

6-33 vs Australia, MCG, December 2018

Humbled at Perth by a 146-run humiliation, a Virat Kohli-led Team India took field at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in December 2018 with an aim of taking a lead in their four-match series against Australia. Batting out nearly two days to amass 443-7d upfront, Jasprit Bumrah pounded Australia’s weary batting line-up with constant wickets throughout his 15.5 over spell on Day 3 to keep them within 292 runs off India’s first innings total.

Bumrah dismissed Marcus Harris and rival skipper Tim Paine, and removed Shaun Marsh with one of the balls of the century to reduce them to 92-5 by lunch. The speedster later returned to mop up the Australian tail to finish with then career-best figures of 6-33, thus setting up India’s 137-run series-leading win in the ‘Boxing Day’ Test match.

25-42 vs South Africa, Cape Town, January 2022

image-lqp6nghcJasprit Bumrah during 2022 Cape Town Test (x.com)

Facing South Africa in the decider of their three-match series at Cape Town in January 2022, Jasprit Bumrah signaled India’s early intent by removing both Proteas openers, including in-form Dean Elgar, within the first hour of the innings. The legendary fast bowler also trapped South Africa’s lone half-centurion of the day, Keegan Petersen, with a peach of a delivery as India secured a handy 13-run first innings lead.

Bumrah eventually bagged figures of 5-42 from his 23.3 overs, thus tallying his second five-wicket haul in South Africa. Unfortunately for him and the Indian team, his best efforts with the ball were tendered fruitless as the hosts romped home to a series-winning run-chase on the fourth afternoon.

5-54 vs South Africa, Johannesburg, January 2018

image-lqp6axvaJasprit Bumrah celebrating Hashim Amla's wicket (x.com)

Aiming to avoid a series whitewash in South Africa, Team India got off to a torrid start at the Wanderers Stadium as they were folded up for just 187 within the opening day of their dead-rubber third Test match. Even though India gathered a seemingly low total, Jasprit Bumrah restricted South Africa’s first innings lead to just seven runs by claiming five of the final six wickets on offer on Day 2.

The pace maverick removed Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock in one of his return spells, and also accounted for dangerman Hashim Amla to finish with figures of 5-54 from 18.5 overs. Bumrah also added two more wickets to his tally in the second innings of the match to underline his side’s emphatic 63-run win at Johannesburg, marking India’s only third Test win on South African shores.

5-64 vs England, Nottingham, August 2021

image-lqp723upJasprit Bumrah celebrating Joe Root's downfall (x.com)

Jasprit Bumrah, in his second Test expedition to England in August 2021, commenced India’s five-match series against the hosts with a sizzling nine-wicket match haul. For starters, the speedster pulverized the English line-up by collecting figures of 4-46 on Day 1 to help India gain a huge 95-run first innings lead.

However, Bumrah’s Trent Bridge business was far from over as the right-arm paceman snared another five English victims in the second innings of the match. Sharing the new-ball with Mohammed Siraj, the legendary fast bowler trapped Dom Sibley, Zak Crawley and centurion Joe Root before accounting for Sam Curran and Stuart Broad to pack 5-64 from 19 overs.

5-85 vs England, Nottingham, August 2018

image-lqp6wvi1Jasprit Bumrah in Trent Bridge in 2018 (x.com)

Jasprit Bumrah, helming India’s new-ball attack alongside Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma against England at Trent Bridge in August 2018, tore through the hosts line-up in the second innings of the match to underpin his side’s fightback in the series.

Emboldened by his own twin strikes from the first innings of the match, the fast-bowling legend dismantled the entirety of England’s middle-order to collect five wickets from 29 overs. His spell, coupled with much assistance Sharma, Shami and Hardik Pandya, enveloped the Englishmen for just 317 on the final day, thus keeping them down within 203 runs from their target.

Some of his second innings victims included key English batters like Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow, as well as centurion Jos Buttler.