‘Bat nahin hai!’ – Virat Kohli’s role in Jasprit Bumrah’s Test hat-trick at Sabina Park
Virat Kohli celebrates animatedly after helping Jasprit Bumrah claim his hat-trick. © AFP

Jasprit Bumrah became the third Indian bowler to claim a hat-trick in Test cricket, stunning West Indies for the second innings in a row with figures of 6/16 on day two of the second Test at Sabina Park, Jamaica.

And it came with a little help from his skipper, Virat Kohli.

After claiming 5/7 to bowl India to a 318-run victory on day four of Antigua Test, Bumrah’s six wickets help West Indies to 87/7 on Saturday at Kingston after the visiting team was bowled out for 416 following Hanuma Vihari’s maiden century.

Bumrah took the first four West Indies wickets to fall, and three of them came in a stunning hat-trick that was just the third for an Indian bowler after Harbhajan Singh in 2001 and Irfan Pathan in 2006.

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Bumrah had Darren Bravo caught behind and then won lbw appeals off Shahmar Brooks and Roston Chase, both after reviews.

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Jasprit Bumrah celebrates his Test hat-trick at Sabina Park. © AFP

While Bravo’s was a straightforward edge to second slip, Brook was pinned lbw by a sharp inswinger that he reviewed, but unsuccessfully. The umpire Paul Wilson had raised his finger almost immediately after the ball moved in and hit Brooks’ pads, but when the third ball swung in to Chase there was no appeal from Bumrah who started to walk off the pitch.

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From the slip cordon, Kohli walked forward with conviction – as did Rishabh Pant, the wicketkeeper – and was heard telling Bumrah to review because the ball had not made contact with Chase’s bat.

Bat nahin laga, bat nahin laga [it didn’t hit the bat],” said Kohli, who then proceeded to ask for the review almost simultaneously.

Sure enough, once replays showed that there was no bat on ball, Chase was ruled lbw and Bumrah became the third Indian bowler with a Test hat-trick.

Bumrah’ team-mates embrace him in celebration, and then Kohli walked off to one side and animatedly pumped his fists.

Bumrah’s exceptional Test career, which has spanned 12 matches from his debut in South Africa in January 2018, has seen him claim five-wicket hauls in each overseas tour – South Africa, England, Australia and the West Indies (twice) – and now a hat-trick.

Last week, as Bumrah stunned West Indies with the most economical five-wicket haul by a Indian bowler, two Caribbean fast-bowling legends were prompted to wonder what he would have been like as part of that fabled West Indian quartet of the 1980s.