India pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who took two wickets in the first innings of the fourth Test against England here at the Kennington Oval, London, has picked his 100th Test wicket by removing Ollie Pope in the 2nd innings. With this wicket, Bumrah also broke the record of former India speedster Kapil Dev, who claimed 100 wickets in just 25 Tests. Bumrah became the fastest India pacer to take 100 wickets. He achieved the feat in 23 Tests.
With Pope’s wicket, Bumrah broke former Indian skipper Kapil Dev’s record. Kapil Dev had taken 25 Tests to reach 100 wickets while Bumrah achieved the milestone in his 24th game. Former India bowler Irfan Pathan is next on the list, having reached 100 wickets in 28 matches while pacer Mohammad Shami occupies the fourth spot.
What a way to reach the milestone! @Jaspritbumrah93 bowls a beauty as Pope is bowled. Among Indian pacers, he is the quickest to reach the mark of 100 Test wickets. 🔥https://t.co/OOZebPnBZU #TeamIndia #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/MZFSFQkONB
— BCCI (@BCCI) September 6, 2021
“What a way to reach the [email protected] bowls a beauty as Pope is bowled. Among Indian pacers, he is the quickest to reach the mark of 100 Test wickets,” BCCI tweeted.
Seasoned off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is the fastest Indian bowler to reach 100 wickets. He had achieved the feat in just 18 games during the West Indies tour of India in 2013.
Meanwhile, England batsmen failed to rise to the challenge of battling it out against the Indian bowlers in the second session after the visitors took the honours in the first session of the fifth morning in the fourth Test at the Kennington Oval.
Bumrah is now the second-highest wicket-taker in this series after England’s Ollie Robinson who picked 21 wickets in four games. Bumrah has 17 wickets under his belt with an average just above 22.
Bumrah has also been nominated for the ICC player of the month award as well. He has played three Tests against England as part of the ongoing ICC World Test Championship series last month where he took nine wickets in the first Test and contributed brilliantly with the bat in his match-winning partnership of an unbeaten 89 with Mohammed Shami which kept the opposition waiting for a breakthrough and helped bring India victory in the second Test at the Lords.