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India vs England: Ishant Sharma needs five wickets to reach 250 Test wickets

Should Ishant Sharma reach the landmark he will become only the third Indian fast bowler to pick up 250 wickets. Only Zaheer Khan (311) and Kapil Dev (434) are ahead of him in pace bowling department.

cricket Updated: Aug 18, 2018 14:18 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
India vs England,Ishant Sharma,Kapil Dev
Ishant Sharma celebrates after taking the wicket of England's Stuart Broad.(Action Images via Reuters)

Ishant Sharma, India’s most experienced bowler needs five more wickets to reach the milestone of 250 wickets in Test cricket.

Having made his Test debut against Bangladesh in 2007, Ishant currently has 245 wickets in 84 matches played for India.

Should Sharma reach the landmark he will become only the third Indian fast bowler to pick up 250 wickets. Only Zaheer Khan (311) and Kapil Dev (434) are ahead of him in pace bowling department. Overall Ishant is seventh on the list of leading wicket takers for India.

Ishant has been one of the brightest sparks for India having picked up seven wickets at an average of 28.28 on what has been a disastrous Test series so far for India, having lost the opening two matches at Edgbaston and at Lord’s.

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The 29-year-old could reach the milestone in the third Test against England which begins on Saturday at Trentbridge, Nottingham.

India go into the third Test against England at Trent Bridge starting on Saturday with odds stacked against them. To what extent, can be gauged from a simple statistic.

Only one team in Test history has come back from losing the first two Tests to win a five-match series -- Don Bradman’s 1936-37 Ashes side, though it was playing at home. India’s best effort away from home till date has been rallying after losing the first Test to win the next two, in the 2015 series in Sri Lanka.

First Published: Aug 18, 2018 11:29 IST