Ravindra Jadeja reached another milestone during the third day of the first test match of the ongoing South Africa series. Jadeja claimed his 200th test wicket in his 44th match, when he dismissed Dean Elgar, who was looking set for a double hundred.
In doing so, Jadeja became the fastest left-hand bowler in the world to pick up 200 test wickets, faster than the likes of Wasim Akram, Bishan Singh Bedi and Mitchell Johnson. The record was previously held by Ranganna Herath, who achieved it 47 matches.
The Saurashtra all-rounder is the tenth Indian to reach the milestone of 200 Test wickets.
Jadeja’s 200th wicket came in 100th over of the South African innings, when Elgar, batting on 160, decided to slog the left-arm spinner. Cheteshwar Pujara came in running to take a brilliant catch.
Here is the moment:
Ravindra Jadeja’s double hundred!! The fastest ever pic.twitter.com/omR7aUjkte
— Inswinging Yorker (@InswingingY) October 4, 2019
Fastest left-arm bowlers to complete 200 Test wickets (No. of mats):
44 – RAVINDRA JADEJA
47 – Rangana Herath
49 – Mitchell Johnson
50 – Mitchell Starc
51 – Bishen Bedi, Wasim Akram#IndvSA
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) October 4, 2019
Ravindra Jadeja produces the breakthrough at the right time-
Jadeja seemed to have picked up the wicket just at the right time for India, when the visitors were getting away with a huge partnership between Elgar and Quinton De Kock. Ravichandran Ashwin later dismissed De Kock and Vernon Philander, ensuring India ended the day on a high- although it was largely dominated by South Africa, who started the day at 39 for 3.
Earlier, India were put up a strong performance with the bat, banking on a double hundred from Mayank Agarwal and a big hundred from Rohit Sharma. The way South Africa ended day 2, very few people gave them a chance, but they came back strongly on day 3 to keep the match interesting.