After finishing his tenure as India coach, Shastri returned to commentary and was part of the team for the ongoing India-England series. After Jasprit Bumrah stunned Broad and England with a memorable performance at the Birmingham Test on Saturday, Shastri shared his thoughts on the India captain’s fiery cameo.
In a video uploaded on the official social media of the Indian cricket team, he said:
“Don’t tell me I was on the mic again when I ran 35. I thought I had seen it all but it wasn’t true. 36 from Yuvraj (Singh), 36 I beat myself and today I saw It’s weird. It’s something you can never imagine. Jasprit Bumrah set a world record, batting 10th and captaining India for the first time.”
The 60-year-old added on Captain India’s fiery performance with the Willows:
“You feel like you’ve seen everything. But you have to realize that you’re still a student in the game. Something will surprise you another day. What I saw today was absolutely bizarre. Jasprit Bumrah broke a world record – in 29 hits in 35 runs.”
Bumrah batted Broad 29 times in a single match, surpassing Brian Lara, George Bailey and Keshav Maharaj as the player with the most points in Test cricket. Broad’s overall score of 35 was another world record, with the previous high of 28.
By the way, at the 2007 T20 World Cup in Durban, Yuvraj had beaten Broad by two out of six. When Yuvraj went mad, the knock on the door he was broadcasting had a connection to Shastri.
The former Indian all-rounder witnessed some historic moments in Indian cricket in the comments section. When MS Dhoni hit the 50 for the 2011 World Cup, he was also on the mic. Shastri himself hit six in domestic cricket.
Jasprit Bumrah sacks England opener after batting hero
Bumrah’s unbeaten run of 31 from 16 balls lifted India to 416 in the first innings of Saturday’s fifth Test against England. The Indian captain of the match was then impressed with the ball as well, dismissing England’s opener for a low price.
The pacer cleared six points for Alex Lees before rain forced the first quarter of Day 2 to end early. In the post-lunch game, Jasprit Bumrah gave Zak Crawley a 9-point slip.