Amazing Cricket Facts

ACF 6: When Jasprit Bumrah scored 35 runs off Stuart Broad’s Over in a Test Match

Here we bring in a new, untold, and rare cricket fact: Jasprit Bumrah smashed the world record of Brian Lara for having the most runs in an over in a Test match.

On July 2, 2022, at Edgbaston, Jasprit Bumrah set a new world record by scoring 35 runs in one over against England bowler Stuart Broad.

Stand-in India captain Bumrah smashed 29 runs in Broad’s over, including five wides and a no-ball hit for six. The previous record for the most runs scored in a test was 28. It has only happened three times in the 145-year history of the Test format.

India had 377/9 at the start of the 84th over, with tailender Bumrah captaining the team for the first time in place of Rohit Sharma, who was unable to participate due to COVID-19. After Bumrah hooked the first ball of the over for four off a top edge, a bouncer soared over wicketkeeper Sam Billings’ head for five wides.

Then came the six from a no-ball off yet another top edge, for a total of seven runs. Broad’s next pitch, a full toss that nearly qualified as a no-ball owing to height, was smashed through mid-on for four runs. India passed the 400-mark thanks to a boundary off an edge to the fine leg before Bumrah got to his feet and smashed another boundary.

Bumrah subsequently broke the Test over record with a hooked six off a deep backward square leg, and Broad failed to run out Mohammad Siraj, resulting in a muddled single.

While Brian Lara held the world’s record for 18 years after smashing South African left-arm spinner Robin Peterson for 28 runs from six legal deliveries in a Test match in 2003-04. Former Australia captain George Bailey also hit 28 runs in an over, but he was behind Lara in boundary counts.

The Indian captain was unbeaten on 31 off 16 balls, hitting four boundaries and two sixes. India finished their first innings with 416 runs, thanks to hundreds from Rishabh Pant (146) and Ravindra Jadeja (104), respectively.

Stuart Broad does not have a good memory of India. Yuvraj Singh smashed six sixes in Broad’s over at the 2007 T20 World Cup. Yuvraj annihilated Broad in the 19th over of India’s innings, hitting him for six sixes and boosting India’s total past 200 runs. That over turned out to be the most expensive over in T20Is.

Final Thoughts

In the history of Test cricket, Jasprit Bumrah’s record-breaking over against Stuart Broad was absolutely spectacular. It served as a timely reminder that anything is possible in the game and that even the best bowlers may lose their edge. For many years, Bumrah’s performance will be cherished and a source of motivation for batsmen everywhere.

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