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Cricket: Jasprit Bumrah creates history

He not only bludgeoned a hapless Stuart Broad for 29 runs to create a world record for maximum runs off a single over in test cricket.

India’s makeshift captain Jasprit Bumrah is on a record breaking spree. Coming as a tailender in the Edgbaston Test against England, he not only bludgeoned a hapless Stuart Broad for 29 runs to create a world record for maximum runs off a single over in Test cricket, beating the legendary Brian Lara’s feat by one run, but also steered his team past the 400-mark.

It was in 2003-04 that West Indian Brian Lara had hit South African left arm spinner Robin Peterson for 28 runs   to set a new record of maximum runs from one over in a Test match. While Brian Lara has been a top class batsman, Jasprit Bamrah is a bowler. The world record stayed with Lara for 18 years.—Brian Lara had hit Peterson for four fours and two sixes off six legal deliveries.

Former Australia player George Bailey had also scored 28 in an over but he was behind Lara in terms of boundary count.

Jasprit Bumrah, who was named captain after Rohit Sharma tested positive for Covid. After Japil Dev Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah has become the first pacer to lead India in a Test match.

It may be a mere coincidence that English bowler Broad got his worst treatment at the hand of Indian players of Punjabi descent. Before Bumrah, Yuvraj had put him on a leather hunt.

Broad, who had also been hit for six sixes in an over by Yuvraj Singh in the inaugural World T20 in 2007, gave away 35 runs in the 84th over of the Indian first innings in the fifth rescheduled Test here. There were six extra runs—five wides and a no-ball.

The Indian skipper remained  not out on 31 off 16 balls with four boundaries and two sixes when Indian innings folded up at 416. At one stage India were 96 for five before Rishab Pant and Ravindra Jadega pulled India out of the woods with a record sixth wicket partnership.

The 84th over of Indian innings started with a mistimed hook that went for a boundary, and in frustration, Broad bowled a bouncer that went for five wides.

The next ball was again dug in short and another top-edge got Bumrah seven runs, including a no-ball.

The next three balls were hit for boundaries in different directions—one through mid-on, one through fine leg and the last one through mid-wicket.

To add insult to his injuries, Bumrah did the proverbial “Bazball” (English cricket’s current buzzword that lays emphasis on the attacking intent brought about by new coach Brendon McCullum) with a six over deep mid-wicket.

India finished its first innings at 416,  thanks to hundreds from Rishabh Pant (146) and Ravindra Jadeja (104).

 

Prabhjot Singh