India vs New Zealand: Ishant Sharma will become the slowest (in terms of Tests) bowler to take 300 Test scalps if he picks 3 wickets in the 2nd Test vs New Zealand.
Mayank Agarwal and Ishant Sharma will look to chase down few career milestones in 2nd Test.(AP Photo)
- Ishant is just three wickets away from becoming the 6th Indian bowler to bag 300 Test scalps
- Agarwal need 26 runs to become 2nd fastest to 1000 Test runs after Kambli
- Ishant will become the slowest player ever to reach the milestone
After suffering their first defeat in the World Test Championship in Wellington, Virat Kohli’s Team India will look to make a solid comeback when they take on New Zealand in the 2nd and final Test of the series in Christchurch on Saturday.
The focus will be on India’s top-order as the visitors were bowled out for totals of below 200 twice in the Wellington Test. Captain Virat Kohli said after losing the Wellington Test that the team’s positive mentality had helped his side hold onto the world’s top Test ranking since October 2016 and they would continue to pursue that.
Ishant Sharma and Mayank Agarwal were the only silver lining for India in the 10-wicket loss in the first Test. Ishant was straightaway drafted in the playing XI despite being jet-lagged and sleep-deprived but the fast bowler showed no signs of any discomfort on the field once he had the ball in his hands and ended up with a five-wicket haul in the ongoing first Test against New Zealand in Wellington.
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Both Ishant and Agarwal are eyeing major milestones as India and New Zealand gear up for the 2nd and final Test of the 2-match series.
Ishant is just three wickets away from becoming the 6th Indian bowler and 3rd Indian pacer to bag 300 Test scalps. Ishant will join the likes of Kapil Dev and Zaheer Khan if he gets to 300 Test wickets in Christchurch.
Although, Ishant, who has picked up 297 wickets in his 97-match Test career, will become the slowest player ever to reach the milestone surpassing Daniel Vettori who got there in 94 matches. Notably, Ishant’s teammate R Ashwin is the fastest bowler to reach 300 Test wickets, taking just 54 matches to get there. Ashwin had broken Australian pace bowling great Dennis Lillee’s record who had reached the milestone in 56 Tests.
On the other hand, Mayank Agarwal has scored 964 runs in the 15 innings across 10 Test matches. If Mayank scores 36 runs in his next two innings, he will be the 2nd fastest to 1000 runs in the format after Vinod Kambli (14 innings). Mayank will be the joint-fastest Indian to 1000 Test runs in terms of matches if he gets to the milestone in the next Test.
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