India’s stand-in skipper Jasprit Bumrah etched his name in record books on Day 2 of the ongoing rescheduled fifth Test against England after he smashed Stuart Broad for 35 runs in an over.
Bumrah displayed his super ability with the bat by collecting 35 from Broad’s final over to help the tourists reach 416 in their first innings. The Ahmedabad-born smashed the English pacer for two massive sixes (one came from a no-ball), four boundaries, and a single.
With that, Bumrah also surpassed the previous record held by West Indies legend Brian Lara. The Trinidadian accomplished the feat during the West Indies’ tour of South Africa. He had smashed left-arm spinner Robin Peterson, for 28 runs in the Johannesburg Test match.
Many batters have since tried to break the record of Lara, with Australia’s George Bailey and South Africa’s Keshav Maharaj equalling the feat against James Anderson and Joe Root, respectively. After Bumrah’s outstanding accomplishment, Lara took to his official Twitter handle and congratulated the Indian captain for the incredible landmark.
“Join me in congratulating the young @Jaspritbumrah93 on breaking the record of Most Runs in a Single Over in Tests. Well done!,” Lara wrote on Twitter.
Join me in congratulating the young @Jaspritbumrah93 on breaking the record of Most Runs in a Single Over in Tests. Well done!🏆#icctestchampionship #testcricket #recordbreaker pic.twitter.com/bVMrpd6p1V
— Brian Lara (@BrianLara) July 2, 2022
After the end of the day’s play, veteran English pacer Anderson came out defending his bowling partner Broad, stating the Nottingham cricketer was a bit unlucky.
“Yeah, [it is] just one of those things. On another day, one of those top edges goes straight to hand. If that gets taken, nobody talks about the over. I thought it was pretty unlucky. There’s plenty of top edges and a couple of good shots, but that’s the plan Ben [Stokes] wanted Broady to go with. Broady stuck to it, and on another day when the luck was with Stuart, an edge probably would have gone to hand,” Anderson had said.