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Pragyan Ojha became the eighteenth Indian bowler to pick up 100 Test wickets © AFP

Delhi: Mar 23, 2013

Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha on Saturday became the third fastest Indian bowler to take 100 wickets in Test matches as he clinched James Pattinson‘s wicket to end Australia‘s first innings at 262 on the second day of the fourth Test at the Ferozeshah Kotla.

The 26-year-old achieved this feat in 22 Tests and is joint third with Subhash Gupte and B.S. Chandrasekhar. Only Erapalli Prassanna (20 matches) and Anil Kumble (21 matches) have reached the 100 mark quicker than the Hyderabad spinner.

Interestingly, Ojha has never played outside the Indian subcontinent and has ventured only on the spin-friendly tracks of the Asian subcontinent.

Outside India, the left-armer has only played four Tests – one in Bangladesh and three in Sri Lanka – in which he has claimed 12 wickets. The rest of the 88 have come in 18 Tests in India.
 

Player

Tests

Erapalli Prasanna

20

Anil Kumble

21

Subhash Gupte

22

BS Chandrasekhar

22

Pragyan Ojha

22

(source: Mohandas Menon via twitter)
 

Here is a country-wise breakup of Ojha’s hundred Test wickets:

 

Opposition

Tests

Wickets

Australia

4*

14

Bangladesh

1

4

England

4

20

New Zealand

5

25

Sri Lanka

5

17

West Indies

3

20

*game in progress at Delhi

(With inputs from IANS)