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‘BazBall’, Move Over! Team India Makes History Against the West Indies in the Second Test With “DravBall”

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Following a rare show of ultra-attacking long-format cricket on day four of the second Test against the West Indies at Port of Spain on Monday, the Indian cricket team broke several Test records, becoming the team with the highest team run-rate in a Test inning lasting at least 20 overs. While England’s ‘Bazball’ school of cricket, which emphasizes positive and attacking gameplay and the need for clear results, has polarized opinions among Test cricket fans and purists, Indian captain Rohit Sharma and coach Rahul Dravid appeared to have taken a page from England’s book to introduce what may be the first exhibition of ‘Dravball’ to fans.

The Indian team entered white-ball cricket mode in their second innings and scored 181 runs in just 24 overs before declaring the innings. India’s run rate during an inning of at least 20 overs 7.54, which is the highest run rate ever recorded in a Test match.

They broke Australia’s previous mark, which was 241/2 against Pakistan in Sydney in only 32 overs. These runs were scored by the Australians at a run rate of 7.53.

India also achieved the fastest team hundred in Test cricket history, which is noteworthy.

India’s captain Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal started the team’s innings by putting up a 98-run partnership in just 71 balls, or 11.5 overs.

India crossed the 100-run milestone as Rohit dismissed in just 12.2 overs, or 74 total balls.

India broke Sri Lanka’s record, which had stood for 22 years. They had surpassed the 100-run threshold against Bangladesh in the 2001 Asian Test Championship in just 13.2 overs, or 80 balls.

Ishan Kishan and Rohit Sharma, both stars for Mumbai, were among the players who were most aggressive.

Rohit Sharma scored his career’s quickest fifty in record time. Rohit took just 35 balls to get his half-century while batting in his T20I avatar.

Ishan Kishan took just 33 balls to reach his half-century. The second-fastest fifty by an Indian wicketkeeper hit by Kishan. In just 28 balls, Rishabh Pant has scored the fastest half-century by an Indian wicketkeeper.

Kishan unbeaten at 52 in 34 balls at the time of declaration; his innings included two sixes and four boundaries. He scored runs at a strike rate of 152.94 percent.

The fourth-highest strike rate (SR) by an Indian player in a Test inning (of at least 50 runs) belongs to Kishan, who had a 152.94 SR. The renowned all-rounder Kapil Dev, who hammered 89 in just 55 balls against England in 1982 at Lord’s, holds the record for the highest SR by an Indian batsman in an inning of at least 50 runs.

In terms of strike rate, Kishan’s innings was the third-fastest in Test history among designated wicketkeepers. Australia’s Adam Gilchrist earned his runs with a strike rate of 172.88 during his 59-ball 102* against England in Perth in 2006/07. Then comes Rishabh Pant, who beat Sri Lanka in Bengaluru in 2022 and hit 50 runs off 31 balls for a strike rate of 161.29.

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