Jasprit Bumrah today became the fastest Indian pacer to reach 100 wickets in the longest format of cricket. Bumrah achieved the feat in the fourth Test against England when he removed Ollie Pope for 2 in the second session of the final day.
With Pope’s wicket, Bumrah broke former Indian skipper Kapil Dev‘s record. Kapil Dev had taken 25 Tests to reach 100 wickets while Bumrah achieved the milestone in his 24th game.
Former India bowler Irfan Pathan is next on the list, having reached 100 wickets in 28 matches while pacer Mohammed Shami occupies the fourth spot.
“What a way to reach the [email protected] bowls a beauty as Pope is bowled. Among Indian pacers, he is the quickest to reach the mark of 100 Test wickets,” BCCI tweeted.
Seasoned off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is the fastest Indian bowler to reach 100 wickets. He had achieved the feat in just 18 games during the West Indies tour of India in 2013.
Meanwhile, England batsmen failed to rise to the challenge of battling it out against the Indian bowlers in the second session after the visitors took the honours in the first session of the fifth morning in the fourth Test at the Kennington Oval.
Jasprit Bumrah: Test career highlights
In November 2017, Jasprit Bumrah was named in India’s Test squad for their series against South Africa. He made his Test debut for India against South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town on 5 January 2018. Jasprit Bumrah got his maiden Test wicket as he clean bowled AB de Villiers for 65 runs. In the 3rd Test Match of India Tour of South Africa 2017-18, at Johannesburg, Bumrah took his maiden five-wicket haul in Tests, with figures of 5/54 from 18.5 overs. He was named in the ODI XI of the year by Cricbuzz.
Bumrah took his 2nd five-wicket haul in Tests, with figures of 5/85 from 29 overs, in the 3rd Test Match of India Tour of England 2018, at Trent Bridge, as India defeated England by 203 runs.
On the Boxing Day Test of India Tour of Australia 2018, Bumrah took his 3rd five-wicket haul in Tests, on the 3rd day, with career-best figures of 6/33, to wrap up Australia’s first innings on 151. By doing that, he also became the first Asian bowler to take five-wicket hauls in Australia, England and South Africa in the same calendar year. Overall, he had finished the series as the highest wicket-taker, with 21 wickets. He had finished the year, with 48 wickets, which was a record for an Indian bowler in his debut year in Test cricket. For his performances in 2018, he was named both in the World Test XI and ODI XI by the ICC. He was also named in the ODI XI of the year 2018 by ESPNCricinfo and Test XI and ODI XI by Cricbuzz.