Ishant Sharma, on Sunday, went past the legendary Kapil Dev to become the most successful Indian pacer in overseas Tests. The senior India pacer was tied with Kapil Dev on the list of Indian bowlers with the most wickets outside Asia before the ongoing second Test against the West Indies in Kingston.
On Sunday, he overtook Kapil Dev to add another feature to his cap. Ishant sent back Jahmar Hamilton in the 47th over of West Indies’ first innings on Day 3 of theTest to overtake the Kapil Dev on the list. Overall, former India leg-spinner Anil Kumble leads the list. While Ishant has 156 overseas Test wickets to his name, Kumble has 200.
Incidentally, both Ishant and Kapil took the same number of Tests (45) to the landmark of 155 wickets. Former India internationals Zaheer Khan and Bishan Singh Bedi complete the top five.
Here are the top-5 Indian bowlers with most Test wickets outside Asia:
Anil Kumble (50) – 200 wickets
Ishant Sharma (45) – 156* wickets
Kapil Dev (45) – 155 wickets
Zaheer Khan (38) – 147 wickets
Bishan Singh Bedi (34) – 123 wickets
In the same game, Ishant also impressed with the bat. The right-arm pacer scored 57 during the 112-run stand with Hanuma Vihari for the eighth wicket. It was his first half-century in Tests in his 92nd Test match. Prior to this, Ishant’s highest Test score was 31 not out which he scored against Sri Lanka in the 2010 Galle Test. He had also made 31 runs against Australia in the Mohali Test in the same year but he was dismissed on that score.
Meanwhile, India have taken a firm grip on the game. Leading the series 1-0, the visitors are well on course to whitewash the hosts. At the end of day three, West Indies were 45 for 2 while chasing an improbable 468. India are yet to lose a single game on this tour, having won the T20Is 3-0 and ODIs 2-0.