This hat-trick belongs to both Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah: Harbhajan Singh

NEW DELHI: Harbhajan singh believe Jasprit Bumrah will always be indebted to virat Kohli instinct, which gave him the 'hat-trick', as he is grateful to Sadagopan Ramesh for an incredible capture in the short leg forward 18 summers ago.

Harbhajan, the first Indian crewman in the Cricket Test, praised Bumrah, who became the third (Irfan Pathan was the second) in the country to reach the milestone in the longest format.



In 2001, Harbhajan's hat-trick against the powerful Australians (Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist and Shane Warne) set the tone for the series. On Saturday, Bumrah got Darren Bravo, Samarah Brooks and Roston Chase.

This hat-trick belongs to Virat as much as Bumrah. The bowler was not convinced, but the captain had a feeling. What would happen if Virat hadn't gone for that DRS? It was a brilliant call from the captain. which complements his magnificent effort, Harbhajan told PTI on Sunday.

The Turban still feels that without Ramesh's sparkle, he would not have been able to create history.

I remember arguing with Dada (Sourav Ganguly) and we decided to keep him in stumps and try a third stretch before, but Warne shook him.

Now, to be honest, Ramesh was not the most athletic of the boys on that team. However, in the front short leg, he achieved that stunner with a reaction time of less than a fraction of a second. Whenever I later met Ramesh, he said, friend, my triplet belongs to you, Harbhajan remembered with love.

That's why I think some things happen that come together and something so beautiful happens. It was Ramesh's shine then and it is Virat's conviction now, said the owner of 711 international wickets.

The most endearing, according to Harbhajan, was the celebration of Rahul Dravid.

I had never seen Rahul so excited, jumping for joy. Perhaps, he also didn't believe Ramesh could achieve such a capture, he said.

For Harbhajan, Bumrah is the greatest blessing the Indian cricket could have had.

Indian cricket has the blessing of having a winner like Bumrah. This hat-trick will only help his legend grow, but even without that he is an amazing player. I mean 5 wickets in 7 overs in the last game and 6 wickets in 9 overs in this game. You can not ask for more. It's a weird diamond, said Harbhajan.

What makes it more creditable is that the hat-trick has arrived in a test match.

A hat-trick is always a feat worthy of praise, but if it happens in the test cricket, it is even more creditable, he felt.

In ODI, you always have a chance at death attacks, say 47 to 50 when batters are attacking. If they attack, you will always imagine the possibility of a bowling alley or a capture in the depths, he explained.

But in the test matches, it is a different ball game. Batters are not always attacking. The defense will be more strict and your ability comes into play. Look at Bumrah's deliveries. The length and how it went. That is pure skill, he said.

Harbhajan does not like people asking questions about the quality of the West Indies batting.

Obviously Sir Viv (Vivian Richards) and (Brian) Lara won't play forever. They are playing their best test team, the same team that beat England this year. And for Bumrah, he is the best fast bowler in the cricket world right now, Harbhajan concluded.

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