England pace spearhead James Anderson, on Saturday, became the bowler with most Test wickets against India. England’s leading wicket-taker in Tests achieved the feat in the ongoing fifth England vs India Test.
Anderson reached the milestone when he dismissed Ajinkya Rahane for a duck on day of the game. It took his tally to 106 wickets against India. As a result, he surpassed Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan who took 105 wickets against India. He has so far taken two wickets in the ongoing game.
The right-arm pacer has an opportunity to achieve another milestone and he can do it in the ongoing game. He now has 561 Test scalps to his name and is just three wickets away from topping Glenn McGrath to become the leading wicket-taker as pacer in Tests.
Here is a list showing the leading wicket-takers in Tests against India:
Coming to the game, England have taken firm grip on the game at the end of day two. The hosts made a stunning comeback to score 332 after resuming the day on 198 for 7.
Jos Buttler starred with the bat, scoring 89 to revive England’s innings. India did not have to wait much for the first breakthrough of the day. Jasprit Bumrah dismissed Adil Rashid early on to give the visitors a good start. However, Buttler and Stuart Broad batted England to a good position with a 98-run stand. Ravindra Jadeja broke the stand by dismissing Broad for 38.
Buttler and James Anderson then added 20 runs before Jadeja accounted for the former to end the hosts’ innings.
In reply, India kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and eventually ended the day on 174 for 6. Hanuma Vihari and Jadeja would start the proceedings with the bat on day three of the fifth England vs India Test.