Running a riot with his bowling, Stuart Broad came back in the second Test against West Indies. He is proving to be unplayable and way too impressive for the Windies batsman. His performance during the Test series proves why he is a crucial cog in the England setup and, also, why they can’t afford to drop him.
Moreover, Broad has been bowling brilliantly in the ongoing #raisethebat Test series against West Indies. This is a massive response by the bowler after having been left out by the team for the first Test. Speaking before Broad took his 500th wicket, Sky Sports Cricket’s Nasser Hussain stated: “I thought Stuart would be a great for England and it has helped having Anderson there just ahead of him all the time.”
“Even though it’s a team game there are individual bits of pride, passion and stats you want to keep. Jimmy wants to be the No 1 England bowler. That is healthy competition to have in English cricket.”
When Stuart has a point to prove, gets his knees pumping and into rhythm, he is not someone who does average – he does exceptional. He has done that throughout his career.”
BROAD FINDS HIMSELF IN AN ELITE COMPANY
After James Anderson, Broad became the second English bowler to take 500 wickets in Test cricket. Broad was able to enter the list of elite players who have achieved the milestone in the past. There are only seven bowlers who have achieved the feat. Besides Broad and Anderson, Glenn McGrath, Courtney Walsh, Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne and Anil Kumble are the only bowlers to have achieved so.
Nonetheless, as of information, Kraigg Brathwaite became Broad’s 500th victim at Emirates Old Trafford on the fifth day of the third Test match against West Indies. Interestingly, Broad is only the 4th fast bowler to reach 500 wickets in Tests which makes his achievement even more special.
Writer – Soumili Roy
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