Shoaib Bashir 31 overs in a row; five-wicket haul, visa dramas; Michael Vaughan, Ian Bishop Twitter; Most overs bowled in a row in Test cricket

Rookie England spinner Shoaib Bashir has claimed his first five-wicket haul in the fourth Test against India, a day after bowling 31 overs in a row.

Playing in his second ever Test match, Bashir came on to bowl for one over before lunch on day two.

He was then taken off with just three overs left in the day having bowled 31 overs straight, claiming 4-83.

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However, his job wasn’t done with captain Ben Stokes simply changing ends for his spinner with Bashir bowling his 32nd over with two overs left in the day. 

Shoaib Bashir celebrates a wicket. (Getty)

“The way he bowls is a good indication of his character and personality,” teammate Joe Root said after day two. “He’s cheeky, he’s funny – a great lad to have around the dressing-room and I really enjoy his company.”

The record for the longest spell in Test cricket is former Indian bowler Narendra Hirwani, who bowled 59 against England at The Oval in 1990. 

Bashir then continued to bowl on day three and claimed Akash Deep as his fifth wicket. The off-spinner finished the innings with 5-119 off 44 overs as India were bowled out for 307. England hit 353 in their first innings.

“What an achievement, to do it in a Test match when his side needs him. Great effort,” Indian legend Ravi Shastri said on commentary. 

It’s an incredible start to Bashir’s Test career who came in to the England team off the back of six first-class matches, with 10 wickets to his name at an average of 67.

Bashir then had visa issues getting into India and was unable to travel with squad before the first Test. 

”… Imagine being 15 or 16 years old, a young spinner, and hearing Bashir’s story?,” Root said after day two.

“It just shows how close you can actually be, how you should keep dreaming and chasing it, keep giving yourself the best chance to work at your game. Because you never know where you could end up.”

England’s selectors have since been praised heavily for selecting Bashir and another unheralded spinner Tom Hartley, who claimed 3-68 in India’s first innings.

“Selectors deserve a lot of credit for such an innovative selection and method in picking Shoaib Bashir,” West Indies legend Ian Bishop said on X.




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