Bhajji surpasses Akram’s tally of Test wickets

Verbal spin Harbhajan Singh did not back down to Symonds
Verbal spin Harbhajan Singh did not back down to Symonds

India’s senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, surpassed Pakistani pace legend Wasim Akram’s tally of Test wickets, to climb to the ninth positionm, in the all-time highest wicket-takers’ list.

Harbhajan dismissed Imrul Kayes for 72 to reach 415 Test victims, one more than Akram’s 414 from 104 matches. His final figures of 3/64 took his tally to 416 victims from 102 Test matches.

In fact, Bhajji reached the landmark quicker than Akram — the Pakistani took two more matches than Harbhajan to achieve the feat.

The Turbanator is now 20 wickets short of beating Kapil Dev’s 434 Test wickets, to become the second highest wicket-taker in the history of Indian Test cricket, after Anil Kumble’s 619 wickets.

India and Bangladesh played out a rain-hit draw in a one-off Test match, on Sunday.

Meanwhile, India dropped a place to the fourth spot in the Test rankings, after playing out a rain-enforced draw against hosts Bangladesh in the one-off Test at Fatullah, on Sunday. India, England and Pakistan each have 97 points, according to the latest ICC rankings.




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