Ishant Sharma was the choose of the India bowlers as he claimed 5 wickets on Day 3 of the primary Test encounter in opposition to New Zealand in Wellington to steer his crew’s fightback. The proper-arm seamer had dismissed Tom Blundell, Tom Latham and Ross Taylor on Day 2 and he got here again on Sunday to dismiss Tim Southee and Trent Boult to say his 11th 5-wicket haul in the longest format. In the method, he additionally surpassed Zaheer Khan because the India fast bowler with probably the most quantity of wickets in opposition to SENA (South Africa, England, New Zealand, Australia) nations in Tests. Currently, he has 121 wickets which places him forward of Zaheer, Kapil Dev and Javagal Srinath.
Most wickets by an Indian pacer in SA/ENG/NZ/AUS nations:
121 – Ishant Sharma
120 – Zaheer Khan
117 – Kapil Dev
89 – Javagal Srinath
84 – Mohammed Shami
Sharma can also be at present tied with Zaheer Khan on the 2nd place in the list of India fast bowlers with most 5-wicket hauls in Tests. While Zaheer had taken 92 Tests to succeed in the mark, Sharma did it in his 97th Test. Only Kapil Dev with 23 5-wicket hauls is larger in the list.
He additionally surpassed Bhagwat Chandrasekhar and Zaheer Khan to change into the bowler with third most-5 wicket hauls in away Tests. Sharma had achieved the milestone 9 occasions in his profession now. Only Kapil Dev (12) and Anil Kumble (10) are larger in the lists.
At stumps, India reached 144 for 4 in their second innings as the highest-order discovered Trent Boult’s (3/27 in 16 overs) excessive-high quality swing bowling too sizzling to deal with.
India now path New Zealand by 39 runs going into fourth day, which might properly be the ultimate day of this recreation except Ajinkya Rahane (25 batting, 67 balls) and Hanuma Vihari (15 batting, 70 balls) present the artwork of survival that was distinctly missing in some of the opposite prime-order batsmen.
(With company inputs)