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Most Test wickets in England: Ishant goes past Kapil Dev

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When he dismissed New Zealand opener Devon Conway in the World Test Championship (WTC) final, Ishant Sharma went past Kapil Dev to become the leading wicket-taker in Test matches for India in England.

Ishant -- for whom the WTC final in Southampton is his 13th Test in England -- now has 44 wickets in the country at an average of 33.56.

Among current bowlers, Mohammed Shami, with 21 wickets in nine Tests in England, is a distant second to Ishant.

Further, Ishant is now only seven wickets behind Zaheer Khan’s overall tally of 311, while R Ashwin is also seven short of Harbhajan Singh’s career haul of 417 Test wickets. While the Test career bowling averages of Zaheer (32.94) and Ishant (32.23) are similar, Ashwin (24.68) is way ahead of Harbhajan (32.46).

 Most Test wickets for India in England

Bowler

Matches

Wickets

Average

Five-fors

Ishant Sharma

13

44

33.56

2

Kapil Dev

13

43

39.18

2

Anil Kumble

10

36

41.41

0

Bishan Bedi

12

35

38.08

1

B Chandrasekhar

9

31

33.96

2

Zaheer Khan

8

31

27.96

1

Mohammed Shami

9

21

47.95

0

Vinoo Mankad

6

20

33.90

2

S Venkataraghavan

10

20

41.05

0

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

5

19

26.63

2

Kapil Dev remains the only bowler to have taken 50 or more Test wickets for India in any opponent country, with his 51 wickets in Australia. With the five-Test series in England to follow the WTC final, Ishant is likely to become the second Indian bowler to take 50 Test wickets in an opponent country.

Most Test wickets for India in an opponent country

Country

Bowler

Matches

Wickets

Average

Five-fors

Australia

Kapil Dev

11

51

24.58

5

West Indies

Anil Kumble

11

45

31.28

3

South Africa

Anil Kumble

12

45

32.02

1

England

Ishant Sharma

13

44

33.56

2

Pakistan

Kapil Dev

15

44

40.02

3

Sri Lanka

R Ashwin

6

38

21.57

3

New Zealand

E Prasanna

7

35

19.25

3

Bangladesh

Zaheer Khan

7

31

24.25

2

Zimbabwe

Irfan Pathan

2

21

11.28

3

Featured photo : Dibyanghsu Sarkar / AFP

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