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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Indian pace sensation Jasprit Bumrah seems to enjoy the on-field banter by the opposition players as time and again it has been proved that the situation just propels him to give his best performances.

Recently, former India opener Wasim Jaffer shared a cryptic tweet to praise the unorthodox fast bowler for his phenomenal five-wicket haul in the third and final Test of the series against hosts South Africa at Cape Town.

The former prolific opener took to Twitter and posted a collage with James Anderson of England, Bumrah and Marco Jansen of South Africa and captioned it as, “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it. Just phenomenal @Jaspritbumrah93 #SAvIND.”

With his cryptic tweet, Jaffer in a way warned the rest of the world to take note of the fact that if the opposition players are trying to have a go at Bumrah, the pace sensation has the ability to come back and get the better of them.

Earlier in last summer in England, Anderson and Bumrah had a go at each other and the Indian pacer had the last laugh. Moreover, during the second Test at the Wanderers, Bumrah and Jansen were engaged in a heated exchange of words mid-pitch and the situation had to be diffused by the umpires.

Then Bumrah got the better of Jansen in the first inning of the ongoing third Test match as he cleaned him up. Subsequently, the Indian pacer stood there, and gave Jansen a stare. Jansen will soon learn his lessons.

Notably, Bumrah had warned the Proteas during the final stages of the second Test which took many by surprise.

Bumrah was heard saying, “Abhi toh bohot uchhal rahe hain, uchhalne do - ek Test match baaki he abhi, batata hun Cape Town mein unko.”

Bumrah’s (5/42) five-wicket haul helped India bowl out South Africa for 210 and take a 13-run lead in the first innings of the third Test that psychologically might go on to make a huge difference in the context of the match. The first bowler certainly has a good memory.

(Edited by Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)

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