Over the years, Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma has successfully established himself as the spearhead of the bowling attack in Test matches. The lanky pacer has contributed significantly towards the success of Indian cricket and has bowled several match-winning spells for the country. The bowler recently added yet another feather to his cap, as he became the third Indian pacer, to claim 300 wickets in the longer format.
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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
The 32-year-old has been a mainstay in India's Test line-up, and his abilities to bowl long spells under challenging conditions have been praised by many. The veteran bowler joined an elite list on Monday, as he became the sixth Indian bowler to have 300 wickets to his name in Tests. Apart from Ishant Sharma, Zaheer Khan and Kapil Dev are the other two fast bowlers who have achieved this feat in the past. Whereas, spinners Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, and R Ashwin are also a part of the list.
Playing in his 98th Test match, Ishant Sharma dismissed England's Daniel Lawrence on the fourth day of the India vs England 1st Test match to take the Ishant Sharma Test wickets tally to 300. While all the other five Indian bowlers picked up 300 wickets in lesser matches when compared to Sharma, the fast bowler betters Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh when it comes to the bowling averages.
What an achievement @ImIshant Congratulations on becoming the third Indian pacer to reach the 300-wicket milestone in Tests. Always admired your work ethic and commitment towards the game especially this format. And you thoroughly deserve this rich reward. #INDvsENG pic.twitter.com/kWwCN0zN47— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) February 8, 2021
300 to Ishant. What a wonderful second wind to his career. Much to admire.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 8, 2021
The bowler made his Test debut against Bangladesh in May 2007. Having played 98 matches in the longer format, Sharma has 300 Test wickets to his name at an impressive bowling average of 32.29. Moreover, the player has also picked up 11 fifers in his career.
Ishant Sharma is now the sixth-highest wicket-taker in Test matches for team India. Anil Kumble, with 619 wickets, is at the top of the list. Kapil Dev occupies the second place with 434 scalps and is followed by Harbhajan Singh (417), R Ashwin (313), Zaheer Khan (311), and Ishant Sharma (300).
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