India’s pace spearhead in Test Cricket, Ishant Sharma entered his name in the record books after claiming his 300th Test wicket on the 4th day of the first Test between India and England in Chennai.
He trapped Dan Lawrence leg before to reach the milestone. With that, Ishant Sharma became the third Indian seamer and overall sixth Indian bowler to claim 300 wickets in Test Cricket. Besides him, five other Indians – Kumble (619), Kapil Dev (434), Harbhajan Singh (417), Ravichandran Ashwin (386) and Zaheer Khan (311) – three spinners and two pacers have managed to reach the landmark.
Ishant Sharma made his Test debut on 25th May 2007 against Bangladesh. He made heads turns on his first tour of Australia in the same year.
Former Indian fast bowler, Laxmipathy Balaji congratulated Ishant for his heroic feat. In an interview with Sportskeeda, he lauded Ishant Sharma for taking 300 Test wickets and for approaching his 100 Test matches.
“Hats off to Ishant. It is very rare for a fast bowler from the Indian sub-continent of this generation to take 300 Test wickets and to approach 100 Test appearances. Ishant is someone who has definitely achieved lofty heights among the current generation of fast bowlers,” Balaji said.
Ishant Sharma, so far, has appeared in 98 Tests and boasts of a career spanning nearly 15 years. With the kind of ability he possesses, many believed that he ought to have taken more wickets than he currently has. However, Balaji presents a different opinion on that.
“That was always bound to happen to a sub-continent fast bowler. The present era sees a lot of flat wickets in the sub-continent and the spinners dominating the scene. If you look at the last 20-25 Tests that Ishant has played in, and he has been at his best in this period even as the spinners have dominated and took more wickets,” he added.
In 98 Tests, Ishant Sharma has claimed 300 Test wickets at an average of 32.32. He has 11 five-wicket hauls to his name in the oldest format.