Indian left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja has picked up his 200th Test wicket at the AC ACA-VDCA Stadium on Friday and thus became the fastest left-arm bowler to reach the landmark. Jadeja bettered the record of Sri Lankan spinning legend Rangana Herath who had reached the landmark in his 47th Test match. Jadeja touched the landmark number in his 44th Test.
Ravindra Jadeja could have easily reached the feat in the first session of the third day but wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha dropped a catch of Dean Elgar but it was Elgar eventually who turned out to be his 200th scalp as he was caught at the square leg boundary by Cheteshwar Pujara.
After Herath’s tally of reaching 200 Test wickets in 47 Test Matches, other left-arm bowlers that followed him on the list were Mitchell Johnson who completed 200 wickets in his 49th Test, Mitchell Starc who reached there in 50 Tests and Bishan Singh Bedi and Wasim Akram both reaching the landmark in 51 Tests.
The 30-year-old cricketer had made his Test debut way back in 2012. Apart from his record in Test match cricket, he also has 178 ODI wickets from 156 matches in ODIs and 33 wickets in 44 T20Is. Off late, Jadeja has been India’s preferred spinner in away Test matches as was seen against West Indies.