Monday, December 23, 2013

Zaheer Khan claims 300-Test wicket in South Africa

After taking the wicket of Jacques Kallis on the fifth day of the first Test against South Africa, Zaheer Khan has put his name in the 300-wicket club in Test. He has become the fourth Indian bowler to achieve this feat. Three other bowlers are leg-spinner Anil Kumble, all-rounder Kapil Dev and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.
This achievement will be remembered because Zaheer Khan has achieved this record on his comeback Test. He has made his return for the Indian cricket team in the oldest format of cricket game after a long absence of one year. Since December 2012, he did not play any single Test match for his country.
The left-arm fast bowler took four wickets for 88 in the first innings and he was just one wicket away from reaching his milestone. After falling South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis in leg before wicket (lbw) trap in the second innings, he celebrated this feat.
The 35-year-old player has so far claimed 300 wickets in 89 Test matches.
Anil Kumble is on top of India’s highest wicket-takers’ list with 619 wickets in 132 Tests. He is also the third highest wicket taker on the all-time list behind Muttiah Muralitharan (800) of Sri Lanka and Australia’s Shane Warne (708).