Jasprit Bumrah (second from right) © AFP
Jasprit Bumrah (second from right) © AFP

India have already conceded the three-Test series versus South Africa, with the last match still to be played. Barring Virat Kohli’s 153 at Centurion, individual performances from the visitors’ dugout have remained limited. Despite all this, two-Test old Jasprit Bumrah has made a mark. With seven scalps in the opening two encounters, Bumrah has impressed former South Africa bowler, Allan Donald.

Donald told Circle of Cricket, “The guy who is making all the noise is (Jasprit) Bumrah. I am impressed with him. He is quick, accurate and does things with the ball.” In addition, Donald was shocked to see Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s omission from the penultimate Test, which India lost by 135 runs. “I was surprised Bhuvneshwar, who is skillful, was left out of the eleven.”

Speaking about the difference in batting in India and South Africa, Donald pointed out, “In India, there is hardly any movement off the seam and bounce. So, when the Indian batsmen come here and play in a pitch like Newlands, the South African pacemen find out their footwork with fuller length deliveries and the off and the fourth stumps.”

India  batsmen have failed thoroughly in South Africa, and that has been the difference between both sides. With the third and final Test — a dead rubber — to be played at Johannesburg (wherein India haven’t lost a Test), the onus will again be on the batsmen to salvage some pride.