South African pacer Kagiso Rabada has become the third-fastest Proteas to scalp 200 Test wickets. With this achievement, he has also become only the eighth South African bowler to reach the milestone of 200 Test wickets.
Rabada achieved the benchmark on Thursday, during the third day of the first Test between South Africa and Pakistan at the National Stadium in Karachi. The spearhead South African bowler dismissed the wicket of Hasan Ali to set up his latest record.
The 25-year old required only 44 matches to scalp his 200th wicket in the longest format of the game. Moreover, he is also the fourth-youngest player to accomplish this milestone. It was Rabada’s 8154th that won him the title of being the third-fastest Proteas to have 200 Test dismissals. Additionally, no bowler has registered a better strike rate in Test cricket than Rabada. The achiever has the best strike rate of 40.8 in the longest format of the game.
Dale Steyn is still the fastest South African player to have 200 Test wickets under his belt. The veteran pacer achieved the feat in merely 39 matches. But even he couldn’t beat Rabada in terms of having the best strike rate. Steyn’s most impressive strike rate in the format is 42.3, just second to Rabada.
The great Allan Donald is the second-fastest South African cricketer to boast of this accomplishment. He achieved the feat in 42 matches.
On the first day of the ongoing Test between Pakistan and South Africa, Rabada cliched two wickets and returned brilliant figures of 6-3-8-2. With his third hunt, he scalped total three wickets during the first innings of the hosts.
Batting first, South Africa started on a decent note. However, the hosts reduced them at 220 runs. Pakistan went on to register 378 runs in their first innings. The visitors are batting in their 2nd innings at a loss of one wicket in the form of opener Dean Elgar.