Indian fast-bowler Jasprit Bumrah on Sunday became the country's first paceman to pick nine wickets in a Test match in Australia, on the final day of the 'Boxing Day Test'.
Bumrah picked nine wickets while conceding just 86 runs at the MCG, registering a dominant performance against the hosts, despite enjoying a comparatively limited experience in the longer format of the game.
The bowler also recorded the best figures by an Indian pacer during a Test in Australia, during the same clash.
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The 25-year-old seemed all set to lead the visitors on to a comprehensive win on day four, following an excellent bowling spell in the second innings.
Labelled as a 'genius' during on-air commentary by former Australian captain Michael Clarke, Bumrah recorded career-best figures of six for 33 runs in 15.5 overs. The lanky pacer also became the first subcontinent based bowler to register five-wicket hauls in Australia, England and South Africa during the same year.
However, India were denied an outright win following a fighting half-century by Pat Cummins who enjoyed valuable support from Nathan Lyon at the other end.
Bumrah deceived the batsmen with his exceptional line and length, lending India a decisive advantage which helped them register a 2-1 lead in the four-match Test series on the fifth day.
The final clash is all set to take place in Sydney from January 3rd to 7th.