Gavaskar slams critics for questioning Bumrah's action
Ian Bishop says Jasprit Bumrah's action is unique but is well within the rules of the game. (AFP)
New Delhi - Cricketer-turned commentator Ian Bishop made a shocking revelation
Legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar has lashed out at people who criticised Jasprit Bumrah's action after he became the third Indian bowler to pick up a hat trick in Test cricket.
Moments after Bumrah scalped his maiden hat trick on the second day of the ongoing Test against the West Indies at the Sabina Park, cricketer-turned commentator Ian Bishop made a shocking revelation.
While commentating on Saturday, Bishop stated that 'some people' had questioned the legality of Bumrah's bowling action and said: "I cannot believe some people questioning the legality of Jasprit Bumrah's action.
"His action is unique but is well within the rules of the game. In fact, it's one of the cleanest ones. Some people really need to look in the mirror," Bishop added,
Gavaskar, who was also present in the commentary box, expressed his disbelief.
"Can you name them? Who are these people questioning Bumrah's action?" asked Gavaskar. "Let's look at it closely...A few steps and then he gathers momentum and finally releases the ball with a straight arm. Now tell me at what point his arm is bent? It's perfectly fine.
"People should really get a life," Gavaskar added while explaining the bowling action of the 25-year-old Indian pacer.
Meanwhile, Bumrah said he owes his maiden Test hat trick to captain Virat Kohli, who successfully reviewed a leg-before decision which was initially turned down in the ongoing second match against West Indies.
After dismissing Darren Bravo and Shamarh Brooks in consecutive deliveries at Kingston's Sabina Park, Bumrah's timid lbw shout against Roston Chase was initially turned down by on-field umpire Paul Reiffel.
A confident Kohli, however, decided to review and replays showed the ball would have struck the leg stump. The decision was overturned, with Bumrah becoming the third Indian bowler to claim a test hat-trick.
"I was not very sure of the appeal," Bumrah told Kohli in an interview to bcci.tv.
"I thought it was bat (first), so I didn't appeal so much. But it was a good review in the end, and I think I owe the hat-trick to the captain."
Bumrah finished with 6-27 as West Indies were bowled out for 117 in reply India's 416 in the first innings.
It followed the 25-year-old's blistering second innings spell in the opening test where he finished with 5-7. Ishant Sharma took eight wickets in that match and Mohammed Shami chipped in with four as India recorded a convincing 318 runs victory. Bumrah put down his recent success on pace-friendly tracks to his camaraderie with senior bowlers in the squad.
"There's a lot of communication that goes on the field as well," Bumrah told reporters.
"When I'm getting wickets, it's somebody else's job to create pressure, and when somebody else is getting wickets, (it's) my job is to create pressure.
"We got a good relationship all of us, we want to get better every year."