Stuart Broad makes unwanted history in embarrassing world record

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Stuart Broad, pictured here bowling the most expensive over in Test cricket history.
Stuart Broad bowled the most expensive over in Test cricket history. Image: Getty

England quick Stuart Broad has suffered the indignity of bowling the most expensive over in Test cricket history, giving up 35 runs in scenes described as ‘absolute carnage’ in the fifth Test against India.

Rubbing salt into Broad’s wounds was the fact the embarrassing hiding did not come at the hands of an experienced top order batsman, but rather India No.10 and captain Jasprit Bumrah.

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India were 9-377 and seemingly on the verge of being bowled out when Broad stood at the top of his mark to bowl the 84th over of the innings.

What followed was an unlikely comedy of errors that saw India’s score skyrocket to 9-411 and Broad etch his name into the record books for all the wrong reasons.

Broad’s nightmare commenced with Bumrah top-edging a short ball down towards fine leg, where a fielding error from Zac Crawley saw England concede four runs.

The next delivery was a bouncer well over the head of Bumrah that raced away to the boundary for five wides.

Another short-pitched delivery followed, with Bumrah top-edging a wild hook shot that cleared the boundary rope for six. To make matters worse for Broad, the delivery was called a no-ball.

Broad went away from the chin music for the fourth ball (second legal delivery) of the over, only to unleash a rank full-toss that Bumrah slogged to the boundary rope at cow-corner.

The India captain then brought out a classic French cut to add four more runs to the tally, before another out-of-control pull shot not only found the boundary, but also saw Bumrah lose his footing and end up on the turf in the process.

Another well-timed six over fine leg followed, before a quick single finished the over, finally putting Broad out of his misery.

The scoreboard, pictured here showing the over bowled by Stuart Broad that went for a record 35 runs.
The scoreboard shows the over bowled by Stuart Broad that went for a record 35 runs. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Cricket world stunned by Stuart Broad 'carnage'

“Agony, being piled on Stuart Broad… (he) is looking for a hiding spot,” commentator Harsha Bhogle said on the broadcast.

Former England Test captain Nasser Hussain added: "Absolute carnage from that Stuart Broad over."

Earlier, Broad became just the third fast bowler in Test cricket history to claim 550 wickets, joining Australian legend Glenn McGrath (563) and countryman Jimmy Anderson (651).

However, any joy Broad felt in passing the milestone was quickly forgotten as Bumrah inflicted a serious amount of pain on the 36-year-old a short time later.

It is the second time in his career that Broad has become the owner of an unwanted piece of cricket history.

Broad also holds the world record for most runs conceded in an over of international T20 cricket, having been walloped for six sixes in an over by Yuvraj Singh during the 2007 T20 World Cup.

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