Cricket is celebrated like a festival in our country and cricketers here hold major celebrity status and earn a lot of fame and money through the game. In any cricket team, bowlers are very important part especially in thrilling matches where wickets are necessary. One of the finest bowlers of Indian cricket team is Ishant Sharma.
India vs England test series has been making headlines for many weeks now and Indian players have made several records in the test, even though Indian team is behind in the test.
The lanky pacer has been the pick of the Indian bowlers with 18 wickets to his name, behind only England fast bowler James Anderson, who has taken 21 wickets in the series so far.
Ishant was once again in the thick of things in the fifth and final Test at The Oval, taking three wickets in England’s first innings that put him in elite company. Thanks to his exploits in the first innings, Ishant equalled Kapil Dev’s record for the most number of wickets taken by an Indian bowler in Tests played in England.
Kapil Dev took a total of 43 Test wickets in England in 13 matches (22 innings) with the 5/125 being his best figures in an inning. Ishant, courtesy his three wickets in the first innings, joined Kapil Dev at the top by taking his tally to 43 wickets in Tests played in England.
Ishant reached the landmark in his 12th Test (18 innings) and will have a chance of overtaking the legendary all-rounder in England’s second innings at The Oval.
Anil Kumble is third in the list with 36 wickets in 10 matches (19 innings) while Bishan Singh Bedi is fourth with 35 wickets in 12 Tests in England (18 innings).
Incidentally, Ishant’s strike rate of 60.2 is the second best among the top 10 bowlers in the list, bettered only by fellow pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has taken 19 wickets in 5 Tests in England (7 innings) at a strike rate of 54.5.
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