Ishant Sharma Becomes Leading Wicket-Taker As An Indian Pacer Outside Asia
On Sunday (1st September), Ishant Sharma became the leading Test wicket-taker as an Indian pacer outside the Asian soil.
In the second and final Test of the series between Windies and India at Kingston (Jamaica), Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah totally destroyed Windies’ first innings batting. In reply of India’s first innings total of 416 runs, Windies were all out on just 117 runs.
Jasprit Bumrah, who claimed a hat-trick in that innings on Saturday afternoon, finished with the incredible bowling figures of 12.1-3-27-6. Meanwhile, another pacer Mohammed Shami (2/34) bagged two wickets in that innings. The tall right-arm pacer Ishant Sharma and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja managed to claim one wicket each in that innings.
At the end of that innings, Ishant Sharma had the bowling figures of 10.5-3-24-1. Ishant was responsible for the ninth wicket down in that Windies innings as he dismissed the debutant wicketkeeper-batsman Jahmar Hamilton (5 runs). Indian captain Virat Kohli grabbed that catch at the second slip to dismiss the debutant. It was Ishant Sharma’s 156th Test wicket outside the Asian soil (46 Tests).
Ishant Sharma broke Kapil Dev’s record
After taking that wicket, Ishant became the leading Test wicket-taker as an Indian pacer outside the Asian soil. On Sunday, the tall right-arm pacer surpassed the former cricketer Kapil Dev in this record list who picked up 155 Test wickets (45 Tests) outside the Asian soil.
However, in overall, Ishant is now the second most Test wicket-taker as an Indian bowler outside the Asian soil. Only the former leg-spinner Anil Kumble is ahead from Ishant in this list. Anil Kumble managed 200 Test wickets (50 Tests) outside the Asian soil.
Here are the top five Indian bowlers with most Test wickets outside Asia
|Anil Kumble||50 (92)||200|
|Ishant Sharma||46 (80)||156|
|Kapil Dev||45 (77)||155|
|Zaheer Khan||38 (66)||147|
|Bishan Singh Bedi||34 (58)||123|
Earlier, in the first innings of this Jamaica Test, Ishant managed his maiden Test 50 runs as he scored 57 runs. While Ishant scored that half-century in his 126th Test innings, it was the second-most innings for a batsman to score maiden Test 50 runs.
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