Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja became the quickest left-arm bowler to pick 200 wickets in Test cricket on October 4. On the third day of the ongoing test match between India and South Africa, in Vishakhapatnam, Cheteshwar Pujara reportedly took a brilliant catch of Dean Elgar at deep-midwicket to help Jadeja bag his 200th wicket overall and his second wicket of the match. Jadeja who plays for Saurashtra in first-class cricket made his test debut for India back in 2012 against England.
Playing his 44th test match, Jadeja broke the record of the fastest left-arm bowler to pick 200 test wickets which was previously held by Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath, who had achieved the feat in 47 matches. With this, Jadeja also became the 10th Indian to bag 200 test scalps. Jadeja dismissed Dane Piedt on day one to pick his first wicket of the match and in the 100th over of the match, he went on to dismiss Dean Elgar, who played a solid innings of 160, to bag his 200th scalp.
India put up a massive total of 502/7 in the first innings of the game before Captain Kohli declared the innings. Rohit Sharma who opened the innings for the first time ever notched up 176 runs whereas his partner on the other end, Mayank Agarwal earned his maiden double century before departing for 215. By the end of the second India had reduced South Africa to 39/3 courtesy of two wickets by Ashwin and one by Jadeja. On the third day, Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock uplifted South African spirits with both of them scoring 160 and 111, respectively. At the end of the third day, South Africa trail by 117 runs with two days of play still to go.