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Pratima proud of husband Ishant Sharma’s new milestone in Test cricket

Ishant picked his 250th Test wicket dismissing England captain Joe Root.

Ishant Sharma
Ishant Sharma of India successfully appeals for the wicket of England captain Joe Root. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

A lot was said and written about Ishant Sharma’s role as a spearhead in the Indian team prior to the Test series against England. But the man made a strong statement in the series and became only the third Indian pacer to pick 250 wickets in Tests after Kapil Dev (434) and Zaheer Khan (311). He entered the club with the wicket of English skipper Joe Root who he trapped leg before on the first morning of the fourth Test in Southampton.

Ishant 7th highest wicket-taker for India in Tests

Overall, Sharma is now the seventh highest wicket-taker for India in Tests. Apart from Kapil and Zaheer, Anil Kumble (619), Harbhajan Singh (417), Ravichandran Ashwin (326) and Bishan Singh Bedi (266) are ahead of him. Sharma currently has 252 scalps from 86 Tests at an average of 34.95, which is, however, the worst among all the top seven for India. He has taken eight five-wicket hauls and one 10-wicket haul since making his debut against Bangladesh in 2007.

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The 29-year-old lanky pacer’s feat was greeted by his wife Pratima Singh, a basketball player, on Instagram.

Congratulations @ishant.sharma29 😊 so proud of you ❤️

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His 250th scalp came after a bit of a drama as Root was trapped before wicket by his new ball partner Jasprit Bumrah, but off a no-ball. While the Indian fans were ruing the lost chance, Sharma cut short the English skipper’s stay on the wicket with a sharp in-swinger.

Earlier in the season, the veteran Indian pacer had a decent outing in county cricket this season which set him up for the tour that followed, has picked 14 wickets in the ongoing series with one five-wicket haul in the first match at Edgbaston.

India and England are currently battling it out for the laurels in Southampton after the visitors gained a slender lead of 27 runs in the first innings. India were all out for 273 after bowling out England for 246 on Day 1 of the game with Cheteshwar Pujara standing tall with an unbeaten 132.

England were reduced to 92 for 4 in their second essay with Ben Stokes and Trent Bridge centurion Jos Buttler resurrecting the innings. England were 158 for 5 at the time of writing this report, putting their nose ahead by 131 runs. England are leading the series 2-1 and a win in Southampton will see them retaining the Pataudi Trophy.

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