Cricket has perennially been a batsman's game with a majority of the rules and the playing conditions titled in their favor. People throng in thousands to watch their favorite batsman clobber the bowlers to all corners of the ground. However, if batsmen set up matches, it is the bowlers who win you matches and the ongoing tussle between South Africa and India bears testimony to just that.
The Indian bowlers, led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, have been on quite a roll recently. While the wrist spinners have rightfully grabbed all the headlines, it is easy to forget the role played by India's new ball bowlers, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar. While Bhuvi was off colour in the ODI series, he made his presence felt in the first T20I. In a game where bowlers have been reduced to a bowling machine, Bhuvi, with his bag of tricks, including the slow cutters, made a deep impact by taking his first 5-wicket haul in T20Is.
Bhuvneshwar, who has four and one 5-wicket hauls in Test and ODI cricket, respectively, through this feat, joined an elite list of bowlers who have taken a 5-wicket haul in each format of the game.
Here are the other bowlers who have the same feat.
#1 Lasith Malinga, Sri Lanka
Tests: 3, ODIs: 7, T20Is: 1
The slinging fast bowler, possessing an offbeat action and having the toe-crushers as his primary weapon, is widely regarded as one of the best bowlers and certainly the best death bowler in the history of limited overs cricket.
With a freakish action and uncanny accuracy, Malinga announced himself with a six-wicket haul in his Test debut at Darwin against the mighty Aussies in 2004. He took two more five-wicket hauls in Test cricket thereafter but owing to constant injuries, Malinga played his last Test in 2011. The first bowler to take three hat-tricks in ODI cricket, Malinga remains one of the most mercurial fast bowlers of the 21st century.
His sole T20I five-wicket haul (5-31) came in a World T20 game against England, that powered the Sri Lankans to victory.