Jasprit Bumrah drop catch: The Indian fast bowler made a substantial mistake at the fine-leg boundary in the first session.
During the second day of the first Test of the ongoing India’s tour of Australia in Adelaide, India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah dropped a simple catch to give Australia batsman Marnus Labuschagne a huge reprieve.
It all happened on the last delivery of the 18th over when Labuschagne’s effort of pulling a delivery from Mohammed Shami saw him top-edging the delivery towards fine-leg.
Bumrah, who had to just move a few steps to his right and complete the catch, became extra-cautious of the boundary behind him. In an attempt to throw the ball back into the playing area, Bumrah ended up spilling the catch and giving away a boundary.
A significant error of judgement lied in the fact that Bumrah had a lot of area to maintain his balance even after completing the catch. Had the 27-year old player not bothered about the boundary and just focused on the catch, he might have dismissed Labuschagne in the penultimate over of the first session.
After India were bundled out for 244 in 93.1 overs, their bowlers bowled tight lines to not give away too many runs. Australia, who took 28 balls to score their first run, eventually scored 35/2 in 19 overs before the dinner break.
It is worth mentioning that it was Bumrah who dismissed both the Australian opening batsmen – both leg before the wicket.
Jasprit Bumrah drop catch today
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 18, 2020
How Twitterati reacted:
Bumrah drops Labuschagne on 12 👀pic.twitter.com/j9qttiZaIj
— ICC (@ICC) December 18, 2020
Did Bumrah think he was closer to the rope than he actually was? What an odd – and possibly costly – spill. #AUSvIND
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) December 18, 2020
Bumrah in T20 mode there while dropping the catch. More worried about saving the boundary than pouching the ball. Big miss #AUSvIND
— Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) December 18, 2020
Marnus has had some luck so far! That was a regulation catch.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) December 18, 2020
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