On Monday, Mumbai Indians paceman Jasprit Bumrah scythed through the Kolkata Knight Riders batting order to record his best-ever IPL bowling stats. In the DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai, the 28-year-old Indian delivered a triple wicket-maiden over at the death to reduce the opponents to 165/9. Bumrah, who took his first fifer, bowled five overs for five wickets and 18 dot balls, the greatest bowling numbers by an Indian bowler in IPL history. Ishant Sharma’s 5/12 was the previous best bowling performance among Indian pacers.

Only Anil Kumble has given up less runs while taking an IPL wicket. In 2009, the famous tweaker went 5/5 against the Rajasthan Royals. Bumrah is currently ranked sixth among the finest bowling numbers in IPL history. The panel is led by Alzarri Joseph, who took 6/12 against Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2019.

While Kolkata openers Venkatesh Iyer (43 off 24 balls) and Ajinkya Rahane (25 off 24 balls) contributed 60 runs, Bumrah’s fifer slowed down the opposition, which was losing wickets at regular intervals.

“It was a pleasant day.” I was hoping to make advantage of the ground’s proportions. It’s crucial to remain in the moment and not overdo things when things are going well. “I get joy from helping the squad and making an effect,” Bumrah remarked during the innings break.

Bumrah also joined a select group of IPL bowlers who have bowled a triple-wicket maiden. After Lasith Malinga, he is the only Mumbai Indians bowler to reach the milestone. Bumrah, who was on a hat-trick, spoke out about what was on his thoughts and how yorker looked to be his best choice at the moment.

“That’s how I usually play cricket, and I’m quite pleased with my performance.” I don’t go in with a preconceived notion; I prepare for all scenarios and am aware that I may be required to bowl first or last.