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What I saw today was something absolutely bizarre: Ravi Shastri reacts to Jasprit Bumrah’s world record

"I thought I’d seen it all, but not really," Shastri said.

Abhishek Sandikar Author

Updated - 3 July 2022 10:56 am

India’s new Test captain Jasprit Bumrah pummelled Stuart Broad for 29 runs creating a world record for the most runs scored off a single over in Test cricket on the second day of the rescheduled fifth and final Test against England at Edgbaston on Saturday. 

But the fact that made this insane cricketing moment more incredible was that former India player and coach Ravi Shastri was on air, commentating on live action. Shastri has personally scored 36 runs in an over and was also the commentator when India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh also scored 36 in an over by smashing six sixes. 

After the innings, Shastri was asked about his reaction to the record. The former Mumbai all-rounder deemed the whole situation ‘bizarre’ and unpredictable. In a video uploaded on BCCI’s Twitter handle, Shastri said: “Now don’t tell me I was again on the mic when 35 runs was scored. I thought I’d seen it all, but not really, you know 36 from your Yuvraj (Singh, 36 I hit myself. And today what I saw was bizarre.”

“It’s something we would have never imagined the world record from Jasprit Bumrah, batting at number 10 as captain of India for the first time… going past Lara George Bailey Keisha Maharaj. 29 from the over the bowler the same, who Yuvraj hit for six sixes, Stuart Broad, going for that many.”

“And the entire over went for 35, which is again a world record, the previous highest was 28. So you know, you feel you’ve seen everything but you must realise you’re still a student in the game. Something would surprise you on another day, but what I saw today was something absolutely bizarre, you know, Jasprit Bumrah breaking the world record of getting 29 off his bat in at 35-run over.”

The Mumbai Indians’ pacer beat West Indies legend Brian Lara’s world record by one run. 18 years ago, Lara had smashed South African left-arm spinner Robin Peterson for 28 runs in a Test match in 2003-04. This over included 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 because of a lower boundary count.

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