Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma became the 3rd ever Indian fast bowler, to take 300 wickets in a Test career after taking the wicket of England batsman Daniel Lawrence. Sharma achieved this feat in the ongoing first Test match played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Monday in the 4-Test series against England.
Veteran cricketer Mohommed Kaif took to Twitter and complimented the experienced Indian pace bowler. Kaif also added how India ‘needs to acknowledge and salute this soldier.’
He never gives up, he never complains, he never lacks in intensity. Ishant Sharma is India’s most unassuming, unsung champion. Please stand up and applaud his 300 Test wickets. Nation needs to acknowledge and salute this soldier
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) February 8, 2021
ICC also congratulated the Indian pacer by taking to Twitter.
Ishant Sharma becomes the third India pacer after Kapil Dev and Zaheer Khan to reach the 300-wicket mark in Tests 👏
— ICC (@ICC) February 8, 2021
Sharma put his 300th Test wicket in his kitty during the Day 4 of the first Test. Sharma, who has played for almost a decade for the Indian team was given a new cricketing life under the captainship of skipper Virat Kohli. After missing out on the Australian tour the veteran speedster returned to the action in the Chennai Test. His first Test wicket came more than a decade ago in the form of Mashrafe Mortaza in 2007.
Other than Ishant Sharma, only Zaheer Khan and Kapil Dev are the two Indian fast bowlers with more than 300 wickets to their names. Other Indian bowlers who have 300 wickets or more during their Test careers are Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, R. Ashwin.
Indian Bowlers with 300+ Wickets in Test Career
Legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev was India’s highest wicket-taker in the Test format once upon a time. Kapil Dev was also the first Indian bowler to scalp 300 wickets in Test format. The former Indian captain, who took his team to win World Cup in 1983, had 434 wickets in his bag by the end of his career. This also makes him sit on the second position in the list. An equally ferocious batsman, Dev also ended up scoring 5248 runs in 131 Tests at an average of 40+ runs.
Anil Kumble was the second-ever Indian to achieve the mark of 300 Test wickets. He was also the highest wicket-taker in 2 formats. During his long career that spanned over 132 Test matches, Kumble took 619 wickets with 35 5-wicket hauls and 8 10 wickets in a Test match. He is also in the elite club of scalping 10 wickets in one inning against Pakistan.
The turbanator, Harbhajan Singh was the 3rd Indian bowler to get on the list of players with 300 wickets in Test match. Singh is yet to retire from international cricket and has scalped 4187 Test wickets in 103 Test matches. Although he is yet to retire, it can be safely presumed that he will not be adding another cap to his 103 Test caps as he hasn’t played a Test since 2015.
The man appreciated and loved by most cricketers and cricket fans alike, Zak was the 4th player in Indian cricket history to have gotten 300 wickets. On India’s South African Tour in 2013, he became the second fast bowler to join the elite list. In his career that spanned from 2000-2014, he grabbed 311 Test wickets in 92 Test matches.
The modern-day spin wizard, R Ashwin is in the record books for being the quickest bowler to reach the 300-wicket mark. He achieved this feat in the 54th Test match. Other than his fellow teammate Ishant Sharma, Ashwin is the only regular member of the Indian test team. With 383 wickets in his kit, he is surely on his way to ending his career with more than 500 wickets.