Stuart Broad Becomes Third Pacer To Reach Big Test Milestone
Stuart Broad on Saturday became the third fast bowler in Test cricket history to take 550 wickets.
He dismissed Mohammed Shami on the second day of the ongoing rescheduled fifth Test between India and England at Edgbaston in Birmingham to register a record.
The right-arm England pacer needed just one wicket to reach the milestone to enter the game but failed to take a wicket on the first day despite bowling 15 overs.
It was in his 16th over of the match and the first on the second day when Broad finally got a wicket.
Broad bowled a bouncer to Mohammed Shami, who fell into the trap with an upper cut in the hands of the third-man fielder.
The wicket helped Broad reach 550 Test wickets, a feat that only James Anderson and Glenn McGrath had previously achieved among fast bowlers.
It is worth noting that James Anderson is the highest wicket-taker among fast bowlers in Test cricket with 656 scalps.
Glenn McGrath seconded him with 563 scalps, while Broad finds himself third on the list.
Overall, Muttiah Muralitharan tops the charts with 800 wickets to his name, while Shane Warne follows him with 708 scalps.
Talking about the match, India were all out for 416 after England captain Ben Stokes won the toss and elected to bowl first.
Rishabh Pant (146) and Ravindra Jadeja (104) shone for India in the first innings, while England’s Anderson (5/60) was dominant with the ball.
Stuart Broad’s most expensive over in Tests
England pacer Stuart Broad may have 550 wickets to his name in the longest format of the game, but the veteran bowler bowled the costliest over in the history of Test cricket on Saturday.
He ended his over for 35 runs in the 84th over of the innings. Broad decided to bowl short and Jasprit Bumrah kept on shouting at the start of the captaincy and as a result, the boundary kept flowing.
As Bumrah continued to thrash Broad, Indians like Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja could not stop laughing in the dressing room.
Broad conceded 4, 5 wide, 6 (no-ball), 4, 4, 4, 6 and 1 in the 84th over and as a result, conceded 35 runs.
It is important to note that Stuart Broad has the most expensive over in T20Is as well as he was smashed for six sixes by Yuvraj Singh in the 2007 T20 World Cup.