New Delhi: Cricket is called a game of uncertainties. Anything can ever happen in it. A sample of this came to light during the Test match between England and New Zealand being played at the Trent Bridge ground in Nottingham on Tuesday. In this match, England did something that was hard to imagine. In this test match with a big score, England needed 299 runs in 72 overs on the final day to win. It was believed that this Test would end in a draw. But England's wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow took the lead and he did something that was almost impossible.
Jonny Bairstow played a blistering knock to win his team. He batted in a T20 style in the Test match and scored a century off just 77 balls. With the help of this stormy innings of his, England achieved this difficult target in just 50 overs and won this Test match by 5 wickets. Bairstow scored 136 off 92 balls with the help of 14 fours and 7 sixes. He was also given the 'Man of the Match' award for this stormy fairy.
Even after this stormy innings, Bairstow missed out on breaking a big record that was 120 years old. Bairstow completed his century off 77 balls. Gilbert Jessop scored the fastest century in Test cricket for England in 1902. He scored the century off 76 balls. However, with this innings, Jonny Bairstow has surpassed Pakistan's legendary all-rounder Shahid Afridi and former India opening batsman Virender Sehwag. Afridi and Sehwag have scored Test centuries off 78-78 balls. Afridi has done this twice. Once against The West Indies and once against India. At the same time, Sehwag scored this century against the West Indies in 2006.