Jasprit Bumrah became the butt of all jokes when he dismissed Fakhar Zaman on a “no-ball” in the Champions Trophy final and did an encore against Sri Lanka in the ODI series. However, when he did that once again on a ball that almost took Faf du Plessis out, Twitter couldn't wait to go all over him.
Newlands proved to be a memorable venue for Bumrah as he made his Test debut today, but he failed to make a good start to his red-ball career, bowling at undesirable lengths that allowed the South African duo of Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers to settle on the wicket after Bhuvneshwar Kumar sent the top three batsmen back to the pavilion. His worries compounded when the umpire, Richard Kettleborough, denied him the maiden Test wicket on a ball, at the review, seemed to touch du Plessis’ pad and went to the hand of Wridhhiman Saha the wicket-keeper.
However, the entire Indian team
But what came on the screen made almost every Indian angry as zoomer confirmed that Bumrah had a part of his foot on the line and nothing behind it, which meant that it was a no-ball. That, though, saved India from losing a review because as per the DRS laws, the team will not lose a review if it turns out to be a no-ball.
But, it was actually a strange review in the first place as the screen confirmed that the ball was nowhere close to the bat and there was no way Saha could have heard two sounds. For all his majesty behind the stumps, Saha still needs to learn various other nuances related to wicket-keeping.
But for the time being, can Bumrah please stop overstepping time and again?
Thank God SERIOUSLY!!!
If there is a biography on jasprit Bumrah,surely they should name it as 'No Ball'#SAvIND— B.E.ing Engineer (@brightbharath) January 5, 2018
Jasprit Bumrah be like
Bro agar koi mereko bolega jaa ke chill maar, maze kar...— Kishan Singh (@kishan00747) December 10, 2017
Toh mai jaake no ball dal dega.
- Jasprit Bumrah
Name a better love-story than this
Give this guy a medal
But it wasn't just the one incident that the Twitteratti were interested in talking about. From Bhuvneshwar's brilliance with the ball to de Villiers' counter-attacking play the Tweeple had a field day talking about the day's action.
Every South African fan’s dream!
👉Dale Steyn— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) January 5, 2018
For The First Time These 4 Deadly Pacers Are Playing Together In A Test Cricket. This Test Is Not Going To Be Easy For India. Let's Hope For The Best. 💪🙏🇮🇳#INDvSA #SAvIND #INDvsSA #SAvsIND
Bhuvi is on fire! :O
Three Down. All to Bhuvi. SA getting the taste of their own medicine. #SAvIND— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) January 5, 2018
I would like to recommend Dharamshala pitch to the South African cricket team! :P
looks like south africa needed some practice matches to get used to the conditions #SAvIND— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) January 5, 2018
Who would’ve thought!?
29 balls are the fewest South Africa faced before losing their 3rd wicket in first innings of a Test match in the last 20 years. #SAvIND— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) January 5, 2018
SA team after watching the slaughter…
Desperate times call for desperate measures!
Well, we know their value now!
An Indian Pacer is like Yoga, real value is realized only in foreign countries. #SAvIND— Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) January 5, 2018
What a start to Bumrah’s Test career!