ENG vs IND: Brian Lara congratulates Jasprit Bumrah on breaking his long-standing record

Jasprit Bumrah scored 29 runs off Stuart Broad and then went on to bag three wickets with the ball on a rain-hit day.

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Brian Lara. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Chaitanya Prakash

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India dominated England on the second day of the rescheduled fifth Test at Edgbaston. While Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja were the heroes on the opening day of the Test, the second day well and truly belonged to Jasprit Bumrah. The stand-in skipper made the headlines by smashing 29 runs in a Stuart Broad over, which yielded 35 runs in total, the most expensive over in Test history. Brian Lara, who previously held the record congratulated the new Indian skipper for surpassing him.

India were in a relatively strong position when Bumrah walked in to bat early on Day 2. The right-arm pacer made sure India finished their innings on a high as he let loose against Stuart Broad in the 84th over, smashing the veteran quick for 29 runs. And to make matters worse, Broad conceded six extras in the over, taking the tally to 35 runs. The Indian pacer now holds the record for scoring most runs in an over in Tests, breaking the long-standing record of Brian Lara.

Lara held the record for scoring the most runs in an over in Tests for almost 19 years. The iconic southpaw entered the record books when he scored 28 runs in an over against South African spinner Robin Peterson in a Test match at the Wanderers in 2003. Later, Australia’s George Bailey and South Africa’s Keshav Maharaj also joined Lara atop the list but it was Bumrah, who overtook the West Indies great.

After his record was broken, the legendary batter congratulated the stand-in Indian skipper on his achievement via Twitter. “Join me in congratulating the young @Jaspritbumrah93 on breaking the record of Most Runs in a Single Over in Tests. Well done,” tweeted the former West Indies skipper.

Indian bowlers dominated the proceeding on the second day at Birmingham

Meanwhile, the Indian skipper scored an unbeaten 31 off 16 balls and took that momentum into his bowling stride as he was a constant menace for the English batters. The 28-year-old sent both the English openers back to the hut, before dismissing the in-form Ollie Pope. His opening bowling partner, Mohammed Shami was unlucky to grab just a wicket despite making the English batter dance to his tunes with his exceptional seam bowling.

But it was the young Mohammad Siraj who dealt the killer blow by scalping England’s talisman Joe Root. The home team is once again relying on the pair of Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes to rescue them with another miracle as half their side is back in the pavilion with just 84 runs on the board.