Mohammed Shami Becomes Third Fastest Indian Pacer To 150 Test Wickets
The ongoing second Test between India and West Indies has seen quite a number of Indian players achieving personal milestones. Jasprit Bumrah picked up a hat-trick in the game while Hanuma Vihari and Ishant Sharma scored their maiden Test century and half-century. Well, Mohammed Shami has also joined the list.
The right-arm pacer, on Sunday, became the third fastest Indian pacer to reach the landmark of 150 wickets in Test cricket. Mohammed Shami bounced out debutant Rahkeem Cornwall for 14 to reach 150 wickets in his 42nd Test match. He went past former pace spearhead Zaheer Khan on the list.
Former India skipper Kapil Dev holds the record of fastest pacer to 150 Test wickets. He had reached the landmark in 39 matches. Kapil Dev is followed by Javagal Srinath (40), Shami (42), Zaheer Khan (49) and Ishant Sharma (54).
Mohammed Shami needed two wickets in the match to achieve the milestone. On day, he dismissed Shimron Hetmyer before dismissing Rahkeem Cornwall to achieve the feat. Jasprit Bumrah was the most impressive bowler, picking up six wickets as India bowled out West Indies for just 117 to take a lead of 299 runs over the hosts.
In the same game, Ishant Sharma also became the most successful pacer outside India. He went past Kapil Dev’s tally of 155 overseas Test wickets. Overall, Anil Kumble is the most successful Indian bowler in overseas Tests. The former leg-spinner and skipper, who is also India’s highest wicket-taker in Tests, picked up 200 overseas Test wickets.
Meanwhile, India are well on top in the ongoing second Test in Jamaica. 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.