Not even the most optimistic Indian fan could have expected this!
India’s tour to South Africa has had an incredible amount of build up, as Virat Kohli’s men looked to become to the first Indian team to beat the Proteas in their own home.
There was a huge surprise when India’s starting XI was announced, as Rahane and Ishant were dropped in favour of Rohit and Pandya. Pundits and fans were shocked, as they felt that it was far too bold a move to make in the first test of a huge tour.
But the surprises did not stop over there.
With the ball in hand, Bhuvneshwar Kumar decided to make a huge impact in his first over of the tour, as he knocked over Dean Elgar with just his third delivery.
Kumar then snapped up both Markram and Amla, as he quickly India the upper hand in the first session. Here are some of the best Twitter reactions to Bhuvi’s opening masterclass!
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) January 5, 2018
Amla gone, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has three.
The sound you hear is of the stunned silence of people who wanted to rubbish a side without even giving them a chance. #SAvIND
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) January 5, 2018
Sensational bowling from Bhuvneshwar Kumar in a test match 🔥
First over took wicket ✅
Second over took wicket ✅
Third over took wicket ✅
Bhuvi best swing bowler in the world 👏👏👏
— Mayanti Langer (@Langer_Mayanti) January 5, 2018
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is on fire absolute lethal bowling India firing on all cylinders🔥 #IndvsSA
— ßєคɾɖ Guყ 🇮🇳🏏 (@BeingFlicked) January 5, 2018
What. A. Start. Bhuvneshwar ‘Swing ka Raj’ Kumar 🙏🙌 #SAvIND
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) January 5, 2018
Bhuvi is on fire…but we need to get ABD quickly #SAvIND
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) January 5, 2018
A good bowler is capable of ripping apart the opposition’s batting in helpful conditions and does a holding job in unhelpful conditions.
Jimmy Anderson, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravindra Jadeja are all very good bowlers.
Someone like Wahab Riaz or Ishant Sharma is the polar opposite
— Ahmad Saleem (@Ahmad_Saleem) January 5, 2018
— CrickeTendulkar 🇮🇳 (@CrickeTendulkar) January 5, 2018
— #SAvIND #SAvIND (@ViratCricbuzz) January 5, 2018