New Zealand top-order batsman Will Young became the latest player to score the most runs off one ball in Test cricket, with seven runs coming off an Ebadot Hossain delivery in the second Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Sunday, January 9.
The incident occurred in the very first over of the first session on Day 1. Young got a healthy edge off Hossain's final delivery that was going straight at first slip, however, the fielder at second slip (Liton Das) dropped a simple catch and let the ball run off towards the third man. In the meantime, the batters - Will Young and Tom Latham - ran three runs but an overthrow from wicket-keeper Nurul Hasan towards the non-strikers' end went for a boundary.
Will Young got a life and 7 runs in a single ball. pic.twitter.com/PArHrm39nx— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 9, 2022
What started out as a missed wicket opportunity ended up being a chaotic start for Bangladesh. However, this is not the first time such an instance has happened in Test cricket.
Andrew Symonds (Australia vs New Zealand, Gabba, 2008) shares the record for most runs off one ball in Test cricket (eight runs) with Patsy Hendren (Australia vs England, Melbourne, 1929) and John Wright (Australia vs New Zealand, Melbourne, 1980).
Apart from New Zealand's Will Young, there have been a few known instances of a batter scoring seven runs off one ball in Test cricket. The first such case can be traced back to 1976 in Headingley, where English wicketkeeper-batsman Alan Knott got seven runs from a delivery by West Indies' Vanburn Holder. Knott initially hit the Holder delivery towards extra-cover for a quick single, but Bernard Julien's overthrow past wicket-keeper Deryck Murray and Andy Roberts' throw that went to the long-off boundary for four more runs added to the three runs Knott and partner Tony Greig ran between the wickets.
Since then, Pakistan's Majid Khan (Australia vs Pakistan, Melbourne, 1981), Michael Clarke (Ashes, Adelaide, 2006), Chris Rogers (Ashes, Sydney, 2014) and Kraigg Brathwaite (South Africa vs West Indies, Newlands, 2015) are the Test batters to score seven runs off one ball in Test cricket.
Most runs off one ball in Test cricket
|Andrew Symonds||New Zealand||2008|
|7||Alan Knott||West Indies||1976|
|Kraigg Brathwaite||South Africa||2015|
Author: William Paul
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