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A tweet by BCCI announced that Jasprit Bumrah had been handed his first Test cap

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 27: Jasprit Bumrah of India poses during an India Portrait Session ahead of ICC Champions Trophy at Grange City on May 27, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

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Minutes before the toss for the much-anticipated India v South Africa Test series happened, a tweet by the BCCI announced that Jasprit Bumrah had been handed his first Test cap.
In the pre-series talk of the Indian team’s possible bowling combinations, much of the focus had been on the quarter of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav, with debates over whether the management would opt for the all-round Hardik Pandya or Rohit Sharma at No 6. News that Ravindra Jadeja was laid low with a viral illness had all but shut the door on discussions of who India’s sole spinner at Newlands would be.
Bumrah’s name was not discussed much, which takes nothing away from his potential as a Test bowler. While he is the No 1 ranked bowler in T20Is and third in ODIs, and the leader of India’s bowling attack in limited-overs cricket, he was with the Test squad for the first time and had not bowled with a red ball since January 2017, when he helped his state team Gujarat into the Ranji Trophy final.When it came time for Virat Kohli to speak at the toss, it was revealed that Bumrah, at 24 the youngest in India’s squad, had been preferred over Ishant, with 77 Tests to his credit, Bhuvneshwar and Shami as India opted for three fast bowlers, Pandya and R Ashwin as the spinner.
Bumrah’s elevation into India’s XI for the first Test against South Africa is further evidence of his status in the Indian team, and is reward for his success in white-ball cricket last year. His status as a pace bowler of international pedigree was confirmed as 2017 closed with him at third spot in the ICC ODI rankings, having been No 1 in T20Is for some time. As the leader of India’s white-ball attack, Bumrah claimed 35 wickets in 20 matches last year and forced his way into the Test team.
In T20Is last year, Bumrah featured in several victories for India: in a thriller against England, where he grabbed two wickets for two runs in the last over to seal victory by five runs; in the next game, where his 3/14 helped India win the series 2-1; when he took 2/17 to squeeze Australia and when he took 2/9 in a rain-hit decider with New Zealand, which delivered a six-run win and the series, 2-1. In 26 first-class matches, Bumrah has taken 89 wickets at an average of 25.33 and strike-rate of 56.3 with a best of 6/29.

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