Ishant Sharma added yet another feather to his cap on Sunday as he broke Kapil Dev’s record to grab first place in the list of Indian pacers with the most Test wickets outside Asia.
On Day 3 of the second Test against West Indies at Sabina Park, Ishant dismissed Jahmar Hamilton in the 47th over of West Indies’ first innings to overtake the legendary Kapil Dev.
#StatAttack | With Jahmar Hamilton's wicket, Ishant Sharma went past the great Kapil Dev to top the list of Indian fast-bowlers with the most number of Test wickets outside Asia. 🙌🏻#WIvIND #ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) September 1, 2019
Ishant now has 156 scalps outside Asia in Test cricket. He was just one wicket away from surpassing Kapil before this Test match. Incidentally, both Ishant and Kapil took the same number of Tests (45) to reach their landmarks.
Here are the top 3 Indian pacers with most Test wickets outside Asia (matches in parentheses):
Ishant Sharma (45) – 156* wickets
Kapil Dev (45) – 155 wickets
Zaheer Khan (38) – 147 wickets
But before the record with the ball, Ishant starred with the bat for India as he scored his maiden Test half-century (57) and helped the team reach 416 in their first innings.
Before this, Ishant’s highest Test score was 31 not out, which he scored against Sri Lanka in the 2010 Galle Test.
Ishant Sharma scores his maiden Test fifty in his 92nd Test.
This is his 2nd fifty in First-Class cricket (made his FC debut for Delhi in 2006 with Virat Kohli)
His highest FC score of 66 came at No. 9 for Sussex v Leicestershire in April 2018#WIvIND
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) August 31, 2019