ISHANT

Ishant Sharma has overtaken Bhagwath Chandrasekhar to become the seventh highest wicket-taker for India in Test cricket. He reached the landmark when he dismissed Jos Buttler off the second delivery of the post-lunch session on the third day of the first India vs England Test at Edgbaston.

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Ishant managed one wicket in England’s first innings as they were bowled out for 287. However, he ran through the England middle order in their second innings when he struck thrice in one over. He removed Jonny Bairstow (28), Ben Stokes (6) and Buttler (1) in the space of five deliveries to reduce England to 87/7.

Ishant, who made his Test debut in 2007, finished with figures of 5/51 – his eighth five-wicket haul in Test cricket to take his overall tally 244 scalps in 83 Tests. He is now behind Anil Kumble (619), Kapil Dev (434), Harbhajan Singh (417), R Ashwin (323*), Zaheer Khan (311) and Bishan Singh Bedi (266). Among the India pacers, he is third on the list of highest wicket-takers behind Kapil and Zaheer.

India are hunting for their first ever Test win in Edgbaston. A superlative century from captain Virat Kohli followed by some excellent bowling from offspinner R Ashwin and Ishant have made India favourites to become the first Asian side to beat England at Edgbaston.