78 overs and 378 runs! And against this bowling onslaught from India! India maintained their lead throughout the second session of the fifth Test at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground, giving England an unachievable goal to reach. Nobody thought they had a chance, particularly after their lackluster batting performance in the first innings, when they were defeated by 284 runs. In Birmingham, however, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow assisted England in pulling off the seemingly impossible and breaking a world record as the hosts successfully chased down the target to defeat India by seven wickets and even the series 2-2. Former and current cricket players both praised the record-breaking effort highly.

They had the ideal start to the chase thanks to England’s openers, Alex Lees and Zak Crawley, who put together a 107-run partnership, with the former scoring his half-century. However, England lost both of their openers and Ollie Pope for a duck in a span of 15 deliveries, going three down.

Thus, Bairstow and Root, two batsmen in good form, we’re expected to perform. While Root maintained his incredible success to score his third century this summer and fifth in 2022, the former accelerated his second century in the Test, becoming only the third England batsman to accomplish the feat at home against India. Together, they recorded an unbroken 269-run stand, which is the only other undefeated partnership in Test history and the fourth-highest stand in a game’s fourth innings.

Here is how former cricket greats responded to England’s victory:

“It helps my work when the guys perform like way. Chasing numbers like this is simpler when you have clarity like we have in the dressing room. Five weeks ago, 378 would have been unsettling, but everything are OK today. Although Jonny and Root will get all the praise, the way the openers handled Bumrah and Shami with the new ball set the tone. It all comes down to collecting wickets, particularly 10 wickets, “After the impressive victory, England skipper Ben Stokes observed.