IND vs ENG 2022: ‘What I saw today was something absolutely bizarre’


Former India head coach Ravi Shastri described Jasprit Bumrah crushing England pacer Stuart Broad for 29 points on Saturday as something “absolutely bizarre”.

Following the end of his tenure as India coach, Shastri returned to commentary and is on the panel for the ongoing India-England series. After Jasprit Bumrah surprised Broad and England with an unforgettable display in the Birmingham Test on Saturday, Shastri shared his take on the India captain’s flamboyant cameo.

In a video uploaded to the Indian cricket team’s official social media, he said:

“Don’t tell me I was on the mic again when 35 points were scored. I thought I had seen it all, but not really. 36 from Yuvraj (Singh), 36 I had hit myself and today what I saw was weird. It’s something you never imagined. A world record by Jasprit Bumrah, batting at No.10, as captain of India for the first time.

The 60-year-old added of the Indian captain’s steamy show with the willow:

“You feel like you’ve seen it all. But you must realize that you are still a student in the game. Something will surprise you another day. What I saw today was something absolutely bizarre. Jasprit Bumrah breaks the world record – by getting 29 of his bat in 35 carries.

By pummeling Broad for 29 runs in an over, Bumrah overtook Brian Lara, George Bailey and Keshav Maharaj to become the player to score the most runs in an over in Test cricket. Broad’s total went to 35, which is again a world record, with the previous highest being 28.

Incidentally, Yuvraj slammed Broad for six sixes in an over in the 2007 T20 World Cup clash in Durban. There’s a Shastri connection to this shot as it was on air when Yuvraj went crazy.

BOOM BOOM BUMRAH IS ON FIRE WITH THE BAT 🔥🔥3️⃣5️⃣ runs came from this Broad over 👉🏼 Most expensive in test cricket history 🤯 Tune in to Sony Six (ENG), Sony Ten 3 (HIN) and Sony Ten 4 (TAM/TEL) – bit.ly/Eng-v-Ind-On-S…#ENGvINDLIVEonSonySportsNetwork #ENGvIND https://t.co/Hm1M2O8wM1

The versatile former Indian player has witnessed historic moments in Indian cricket from the comment box. He was also on the mic when MS Dhoni hit the six that saw India clinch the 50-game World Cup in 2011. Shastri himself hit six sixes in a domestic cricket victory.


Jasprit Bumrah dismisses England openers after heroic batting

Bumrah’s unbeaten 31 from 16 took India to 416 in their first innings of the fifth Test against England on Saturday. India’s captain of the match then impressed with the ball as well, knocking out both England openers cheaply.

Pacer cleared Alex Lees for 6 before rain forced an early end to the first play session on Day 2. In the after lunch session, Jasprit Bumrah had Zak Crawley caught in the slides for 9.


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