5 longest overs bowled in cricket history
With bowlers being at their mercy more often than not, Cricket has always been a batsman's game. However, right from the menacing era of West Indies' fast bowlers to the recent exploits by talented bowlers, numerous pacers and spinners across the globe are always willing to fight it out. After all, an even contest between bat and ball is what makes the game of cricket compelling to watch.
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Not on all occasions do bowlers get their act right. In fact, some might take a bit longer to settle into their groove and rhythm. There have been umpteen instances where bowlers have ended up bowling more than the stipulated 6 balls in the over, sometimes going a bit beyond norm. Let us take a look at five of the longest overs that have been bowled in the history of the game at both domestic as well as international level across all formats.
#5 Scott Boswell - 14 balls
During the final of the C&G Trophy at the iconic Lord's stadium, Leicestershire squared off Somerset. As medium pacer Scott Boswell ran into bowl, he might not have imagined what was in store. He sent down six wides and delivered a nightmarish over lasting 14 balls. It was a case of the pressure getting to him.
Incidentally, Boswell had been the best bowler for Leicestershire in the semi- finals of the championship. His four-wicket haul was one of the biggest reasons behind the team's surge to the title clash. Sadly, the horror show in the final marked the end of Boswell's professional career. He would later admit that it took nearly ten years for him to forget the terrible over.