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Shardul Thakur joint 2d best figures by any visiting pace bowler in South Africa in last 100 years

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IND v SA: Shardul Thakur becomes bowler for the second time in last 100 years

In the second Test against South Africa on the second day, Indian bowler Shardul Thakur wreaked havoc with his bowling, taking 7 for 61 and setting a record. This is the best performance by an Indian bowler in South Africa. Also the third best performance of fast bowling in a Test innings outside the subcontinent.

Indian fast bowler with best bowling performance in a Test innings outside the subcontinent

  • 8/106 Kapil Dev vs Australia (1985, Adelaide)
  • 7/59 Irfan Pathan vs Zimbabwe (2005, Harare)
  • 7/61 Shardul Thakur vs South Africa (2022, Wanderers)

Not only this, this is the joint second best fast bowling performance in South Africa by a visiting bowler in the last 100 years. Earlier, England’s Andrew Caddick took 7 for 46 while playing in Durban in December 1999.

Best performance by Indian bowlers in a Test innings in South Africa

  • 7/61 – Shardul Thakur in Johannesburg, 2022
  • 7/120 – Harbhajan Singh in Cape Town, 2011
  • 6/53 – Anil Kumble, in Johannesburg, 1992
  • 6/76 – Javagal Srinath in Port Elizabeth, 2001
  • 6/138 – Ravindra Jadeja in Durban, 2013

Best Indian bowling performance in an innings of a Test against South Africa

  • 7/61 Shardul Thakur, Joburg 2021/22 *
  • 7/66 R Ashwin, Nagpur 2015/16
  • 7/87 Harbhajan Singh, Kolkata 2004-05
  • 7/120 Harbhajan Singh, Cape Town 2010/11

Indian fast bowler who took the first 7 wickets while playing the least number of Tests

  • 4 L Amar Singh
  • 6 Shardul Thakur
  • 7 Dattu Phadkari
  • 15 Irfan Pathan
  • 24 Kapil Dev
  • 38 Javagal Srinath
  • 57 Ishant Sharma
  • 70 Zaheer Khan

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