Ishant Sharma’s bouncers have handed over India their only 2nd win at Lord’s in a test match, in 17 test matches they have played since their debut in test cricket at Lord’s in 1932. While his 7/74 in the second innings is the best performance by any foreigner player (except Australia/South African), and the best by any foreigner since 8//38 by McGrath in 1997, it has also established him as the spearhead of current Indian bowling. Let us check where all in record books he entered with his Player of the Match performance.
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Glen McGrath was the last foreigner to have such a strong performance at Lord’s. He returned the figure of 8/38. Ishant had the figure of 7/74, the 5th best by a foreigner.
- Only the 2nd Player after Bob Massie of Australia (8/53 in 1972) to grab 7 wicket or more in 2nd innings of the test at Lord’s.
2nd Bowler to grab 7+ wicket since 1997 at Lord’s. Stuart Broad has achieved the feat twice since then in 2012 and 2013.
Ishant’s spell in 2nd innings: 23 overs 6 maidens 7/74.
His first innings spell: 24 overs 5 maidens 0/61.
9th Best Performance in Ind vs Eng Test Rivalry
7/74 by Ishant Sharma is the 12th instance of 7 or more wickets in India vs England test series, 3 of the instances belong to 8 wickets spell in an innings.
- 9th best performance in one innings of a Ind vs Eng Test match.
Best Performance by an Indian bowler against England, ahead of 7/86 by Amar Singh at Chennai in 1934.
3rd best Indian performance among the 5 performances by Indian bowler of 7 or more wickets in an innings vs England.
2nd instance of such a performance in Ind vs Eng test in the 4th innings of the test. Sir Alec Bedser has registered 7/52 in 1946 at Manchester in the drawn test.
2nd instance of 7 or more wickets since 2000 after Kumble’s 7/115 at Ahmedabad in 2001.
Best Performance by Indian Pacer
As Zimbabwe is not considered in the top league of test playing nations, Ishant Sharma’s performance is the 2nd best by any Indian fast bowler in Away test match.
- 4th Best Bowling performance by an Indian pacer abroad, after 8/81 at Adelaide and 8/106 by Kapil Dev at Lahore in 1983, 7/59 by Irfan Pathan at Harare in 2005 vs Zimbabwe.
8th performance of 7 or more wickets by an Indian in Away test match.
27th best bowling performance by an Indian in a test innings.
Ishant Sharma has recorded his best performance in a test innings. He has grabbed 10 wicket haul once in a test match, and 6 5-wicket haul in a test inning.