Pacer Ishant Sharma, on Monday, became only the sixth Indian bowler to pick up 300 wickets in Test cricket. He trapped England batsman Daniel Lawrence plumb in front in the third innings of the first of four Tests at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai to register the magical number.
Ishant Sharma Joins 300 Test Wickets Club
Lawrence has himself stuck in the crease as Ishant weaves magic with a shade of reverse swing. Hits low on the pad of Lawrence and walks to the pavilion while scoring 18 runs from 47 deliveries.
India’s 300-wickets club in Tests:
— Times of Sports (@timesofsports) February 8, 2021
Besides Kumble and Kapil, Ravichandran Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, and Zaheer Khan are the other bowlers from the country who have reached the landmark.
Sharma, however, is the slowest Indian bowler to make the mark in 98 matches, with Ashwin being the fastest to the spot in 54 matches, followed by Kumble (66), Harbhajan (72), Kapil (83), and Zaheer (89). Ashwin, in fact, is the fastest international bowler to have crossed the milestone.
The 32-year-old has now also picked up 100 Test wickets in India. He is only the fourth Indian pacer to do so after Kapil Dev (219), Javagal Srinath (108), and Zaheer Khan (104).
BCCI congrats Ishant Sharma
Congratulations @ImIshant. He becomes the third Indian fast bowler to take 300 Test wickets. He traps Lawrence in the front as England lose their third wicket. #TeamIndia #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/fgKJnae4nm
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 8, 2021
India vs England 1st Test
After winning the Toss England choose to bat and with its skipper’s double century England scored 578 runs in the first innings. After losing the 10 wickets Virat Kohli India begins the first innings with a down phase.
From the host’s side, Pujara scored 73 runs while Washington Sundhar scored 85 runs not out and drags India to score 337 runs off the first innings. England begins the second innings and starts to lose quick wickets on the 4th day.
So far(Day 4 Tea Break) England scored 119 runs for 5 wickets loss and made a lead of 360 runs.