India vs West Indies, 2nd Test: Ishant Sharma eyes Kapil Dev’s record

first_imgFast bowler Ishant Sharma is enjoying his recent successes in the longest format. Picking up 8 wickets in Antigua in the 1st Test against West Indies including a 5-wicket haul was another proof of how much Ishant has improved as a bowler since his ankle injury in 2012 that sidelined him from the game for months. His latest performance also meant that Sharma now has the chance to overtake the legendary Kapil Dev on the list of Indian bowlers with most wickets outside Asia.With 155 wickets to his name till date, Ishant is currently tied at 2nd spot with Kapil on the list which is headed by Anil Kumble, who took 200 Test scalps outside Asia. Incidentally, both Ishant and Kapil took the same number of Tests (45) to the landmark of 155 wickets but Ishant is almost certain to overtake the latter when he turns up for India in the 2nd Test in Jamaica starting Friday.Here are the top-5 Indian bowlers with most Test wickets outside Asia (matches in parentheses):Anil Kumble (50) – 200 wicketsKapil Dev (45) – 155 wicketsIshant Sharma (45) – 155* wicketsZaheer Khan (38) – 147 wicketsBishan Singh Bedi (34) – 123 wicketsIn the last 2 years, Ishant has been the 2nd most successful Indian bowler in Tests (57 wickets) behind teammate Mohammed Shami, who has 62 dismissals to his name – albeit after playing 2 more games. Ishant’s bowling average of 20.66 in this period is also amongst the best in the game with the likes of James Anderson, Trent Boult and Mitchell Starc falling behind him.In the company of Jasprit Bumrah, Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and the spinning duo of R Ashwin and Ravi Jadeja, Ishant is now playing the role of the leader of possibly the best all-round bowling attack in the world.advertisementAlso Read | No MS Dhoni but Hardik Pandya returns for T20Is against South AfricaAlso Read | MS Dhoni was unavailable for selection, confirms MSK Prasadlast_img

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