While the cricket world is highly praising the 34-year-old England pacer Stuart Broad for recently reaching the 500-Test-wicket milestone, former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif revealed the lesson which he has learnt from Broad’s international career.
On last Tuesday (28th July), during the final day of the series-decider Manchester Test against West Indies, Stuart Broad completed the 500 Test wickets after dismissing the Caribbean opener and Test vice-captain Kraigg Brathwaite. The English pacer became the second England bowler (after James Anderson), fourth pacer and seventh overall bowler to claim 500 Test wickets as the right-arm pacer has taken 501 wickets in 140 Tests.
While Broad is one of the most successful bowlers in Test cricket history, he also faced many ups and downs in his career. The biggest nightmare in his international career was undoubtedly conceding six 6s in an over against the Indian left-handed batsman Yuvraj Singh during their meeting in the Super Eight stage of the ICC World T20 2007 (at Durban on 19th September 2007). That incident happened during the very early period of his international career.
However, the English pacer didn’t give up easily, rather than, made a comeback soon with his better performances in the further stages of his international career, and he has gradually grown up as a brilliant match-winner.
In cricket, like in life, bad times don’t last forever: Mohammad Kaif
The former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif, who led the India U19 team to win their maiden ICC U19 Cricket World Cup trophy in 2000 edition and also played 138 matches for India, has learnt from Broad that bad times don’t last forever in cricket, just like in life.
Kaif tweeted, “Lesson from Old Trafford: In cricket, like in life, bad times don’t last forever. If you can pick yourself up after getting hit for six 6s, one day you can even get your 500th Test wicket. T20 bowlers have heart, learn from
Lesson from Old Trafford: In cricket, like in life, bad times don't last forever. If you can pick yourself up after getting hit for six 6s, one day you can even get your 500th Test wicket. T20 bowlers have heart, learn from @StuartBroad8. #BroadSmile
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 28, 2020