January 17, 2018, 11:51

Faf du Plessis’ wicket off Jasprit Bumrah, hey Sreesanth, are you watching this?

Faf du Plessis’ wicket off Jasprit Bumrah, hey Sreesanth, are you watching this?

Cape Town: Wherever Sreesanth is, if he had seen that Jasprit Bumrah ball to knock out Faf du Plessis, he would be a mighty proud man. He may now be Indian cricket’s forgotten man but he was the chief architect of India’s last Test win in South Africa and a win before that.  

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The ball took off from good length and if there was anything as awkward as Bumrah’s action, then there were two – first the bounce and then Faf’s awkward jump. It was steep bounce, hitting the gloves of Jacques Kallis and caught by Virender Sehwag at gully then in Durban, it was steep bounce, kissing the gloves of Faf and caught by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha at the Newlands in Cape Town today. It was Sreesanth then, it was Bumrah today. It was an absolute peach then, it was an absolute peach today. 2010 then, 2018 now. Goosebumps then, goosebumps now. Glory then, glory now? Hey Sreesanth, are you watching this?

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India had no business to upset South Africa’s plans. Alright, they were saved the blushes by Hardik Pandya’s blitz. But wait, this is Virat Kohli’s India. This is Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami’s India. They don’t like silver-lining. They are gold-diggers. Aren’t they?

South Africa were 82/4 from 28.3 overs, in a spot of bother, but with their first-innings saviours AB de Villiers and Faf in the middle. A ball later, Bumrah has bowled that ‘Sreesanth is proud of you’ ball. Faf is gone. Game on.

South Africa are 82/5 from 28.4 overs. India have left the door ajar. Bumrah has scalped three, Shami has scalped three, Bhuvi has two and Hardik has two. South Africa have crumbled. From 65/2 and 142-run lead to 130 all out and India needing 208 runs to win. India have turned it around. Sreesanth, believe you watched this.

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