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Jasprit Bumrah Ends 2018 As The Highest Wicket-taker

Written By Narayan R | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Bumrah, who made his limited-overs debut in 2016, made his Test bow earlier this year in January, and ended up taking an impressive 78 wickets across the 30 matches he played in the three formats
  • His stunning performance in the Boxing Day Test meant that he just edged a fellow young sensation and South African star Kagiso Rabada to become the leading wicket-taker for┬áthe year 2018

In his first full year of playing across all the formats for the national team, Jasprit Bumrah further enhanced his reputation as the 'best bowler in the world' by ending the 2018 as the highest wicket-taker across all formats.

Bumrah, who made his limited-overs debut in 2016, made his Test bow earlier this year in January, and ended up taking an impressive 78 wickets across the 30 matches he played in the three formats. He was deadly in Test cricket, taking a splendid 48 wickets in nine matches. His performance in limited-overs format was also equally good, as he took 22 wickets in 13 ODIs and eight wickets in eight T20Is.

His stunning performance in the Boxing Day Test meant that he just edged a fellow young sensation and South African star Kagiso Rabada to become the leading wicket-taker for the year 2018. Rabada had taken 77 wickets in 26 matches across the three formats.

The 25-year-old wasn't the only Indian who created a record following India's Boxing Day Test win over Australia in Melbourne. Skipper Virat Kohli repeated Bumrah's feat, the only difference being him doing that with the bat.

In the calendar year 2018, Kohli scored a total of 2,653 runs across all the formats, meaning he finished as the highest run-getter for the year. It also meant for the third year running, the Indian skipper had achieved the feat.

READ: For A Third Year Running, Virat Kohli Ends A Calendar Year As The Highest Run-getter Across All Formats

Last year also, he was on top after scoring an astonishing 2,818 runs in the three formats, his highest ever in a full year. It was also the third best performance in terms of runs for a batsman in a calendar year. Prior to that in 2016, he had managed to amass 2,595 runs across the formats, again the highest for any player.

Apart from personal glory, Kohli also lead his team to a landmark, which came after India's massive win over Australia in the third Test in Melbourne. The 137-run win in the Boxing Day Test meant that India joined an illustrious list of teams to have won 150 Test matches.

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