Test cricket is known to be the purest form of cricket which tests a batsman’s patience. Most of the batsmen won’t even mind scoring at a strike rate of below 50 in Tests. But there are players who broke the conventional style of Test cricket. Let us look some of the players with the highest strike rate in a Test Innings.
1. Umesh Yadav: The Indian pacer Umesh Yadav torn apart the South African bowlers during the 2019 series in India. He scored a 10-ball 31 including 5 huge sixes. Skipper Virat Kohli gave him the license to flex his muscles as India were already in a comfortable position. This is the only instance of a batsman scoring in excess of 300 strike rate in Tests!
2. Stephen Fleming: The New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming scored a 11-ball 31 against South Africa in 2004. Chasing a small target of 51 in the fourth innings, Fleming scored 6 fours and a Six which helped New Zealand chase it down in 11 overs. It was also the first-ever Test win for New Zealand against South Africa in New Zealand.
3.Ryan Harris: The Australian pace Ryan Harris made 25 runs off 9 balls at Sydney in 2015. He came in as the last batsman and scored this quick-fire 25 which shocked the Indian bowlers.
4. Muthiah Muralitharan: The Sri Lankan spin wizard Muthiah Muralitharan scored 29 off 11 balls against India in 2009. It was the second innings and Sri Lanka were almost sure of an innings defeat which gave the license for Murali to swing his bat.