Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma became the seventh Indian bowler to register 250 wickets in Test matches, bringing up the number on Day 1 of the fourth Test against England at Southampton on Thursday (August 30).The 29-year-old trapped the England captain Joe Root in front with a sharp in-swinging delivery for India’s second wicket of the morning session after they were asked to bowl first. It was the second instance that the England batsman was plumb in his short stay at the crease as he was earlier trapped by Jasprit Bumrah, again with a sharp in-swinging delivery. But Root received a lifeline after a review from India, which was taken after a denied appeal, revealed that the pacer had over-stepped.
Sharma is only the third Indian fast bowler to take 250-plus wickets in Tests, with the other two bowlers being former Indian captain Kapil Dev and left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan.
In addition to this, Sharma is only the seventh Indian bowler and the second seamer after Kapil Dev to take 50 wickets against England in Test cricket.
However, the tall pacer, who has played in 86 Tests so far, is the second slowest bowler in Test history to bring up 250 wickets in Tests, just behind South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis.
First Published: August 30, 2018, 5:05 PM IST