Team India fast bowler Umesh Yadav took South Africa by surprise when he smacked five sixes in his 31-run knock against South Africa on day two in Ranchi. The pacer said that it was Diwali Dhamaka while recollecting the same. Notably, India will celebrate Diwali- the festival of lights in a few days.

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Umesh came out in the middle after Ravindra Jadeja’s dismissal. He provided the ultimate entertainment hitting the first two balls off Geroge Linde for six. In the next over, Yadav faced only one delivery and took a single to be on strike in the next over.

The no 10 batsman launched another attack on the debutant spinner by hitting three clean sixes to take India’s first innings total close to 500. The hosts eventually declared at 497 for nine. Notably, with this knock, Umesh surpassed former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming’s record of the highest strike rate in an innings in Test cricket.

Umesh Yadav. Credit: BCCI

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Speaking on the devastating knock in an exclusive chat for BCCI website, Umesh Yadav said that it was Diwali Dhamaka. He also said that the captain gave him the license to go all out which allowed him to relive his childhood days of playing tennis ball cricket.

“Captain gave me the free hand to slog and I felt like playing a tennis cricket game,” Yadav said in a video posted by BCCI. “I thought if Diwali Dhamaka happens before Diwali it would be good,” he added.