Bumrah joins an elite club

India's bowling spearhead is now the fastest pacer and joint third fastest bowler overall from the country to reach 50 wickets.

Jasprit Bumrah required the fewest balls among Indian bowlers to reach 50 wickets in Test cricket.   -  AP


The number of Tests Jasprit Bumrah needed to claim his 50th Test wicket. He reached the landmark in the first Test against the West Indies at North Sound on August 23. He is now the third quickest Indian bowler (shared with two others) to claim 50 wickets in terms of number of Tests. However, Bumrah’s effort is by far the quickest by any Indian pace bowler. Bumrah needed 2,524 balls to claim his 50th Test wicket. This, from the data available, is the quickest in terms of balls delivered by an Indian bowler to reach 50 Test wickets.

Fewest matches to claim 50 Test wickets by Indian bowlers

TestsBowlerBallsWicketsAverageStrike rateAchieved onOpponentVenue
9R. Ashwin2,7265226.6352.42November 16, 2012EnglandAhmedabad
10Anil Kumble3,7305324.6670.38March 17, 1993ZimbabweDelhi
11Narendra Hirwani2,7265026.6254.52July 30, 1990EnglandLord’s
11Harbhajan Singh2,7855325.5752.55March 21, 2001AustraliaChennai
11Jasprit Bumrah2,5245022.5650.48August 23, 2019West IndiesNorth Sound


Fewest matches to claim 50 Test wickets by Indian pace bowlers

TestsBowlerBallsWicketsAverageStrike rateAchieved onOpponentVenue
11Jasprit Bumrah2,5245022.5650.48August 23, 2019West IndiesNorth Sound
13Venkatesh Prasad3,0105128.1459.02March 27, 1997West IndiesBridgetown
13Mohammed Shami2,7995134.6154.88July 23, 2016West IndiesNorth Sound
14Irfan Pathan2,9755030.9459.50September 14, 2005ZimbabweBulawayo
14S. Sreesanth2,8735031.4657.46April 13, 2008South AfricaKanpur


Fewest deliveries to reach 50 Test wickets by Indian bowlers

BallsBowlerTestsWicketsAverageStrike rateAchieved onOpponentVenue
2,524Jasprit Bumrah115022.5650.48August 23, 2019West IndiesNorth Sound
2,606Karsan Ghavri165225.9050.12January 14, 1979West IndiesChennai
2,700Umesh Yadav175038.0454.00December 4, 2015South AfricaDelhi
2,726Narendra Hirwani115026.6254.52July 30, 1990EnglandLord’s
2,726R. Ashwin95226.6352.42November 16, 2012EnglandAhmedabad

Note: The numbers of balls and wickets mentioned above are the tallies at the end of the innings.


The number of Indian bowlers who have the distinction of claiming a five-wicket haul in a spell of less than 10 overs. Bumrah is the latest entrant to this elite list.

Indian bowlers with a five-wicket haul in less than 10 overs

BallsBowling figuresBowlerOpponentVenueMonth, yearResult
274.3-0-13-5Harbhajan SinghWest IndiesKingstonJuly 2006Won
366-0-18-5Subhash GuptePakistanDhakaJanuary 1955Drawn
366-1-28-5Hardik PandyaEnglandNottinghamAugust 2018Won
488-4-7-5Jasprit BumrahWest IndiesNorth SoundAugust 2019Won
549-2-32-5Ifran PathanBangladeshChittagongDecember 2004Won


The number of Asian bowlers to claim a five-plus wicket haul while conceding less than 10 runs in a Test innings. Jasprit Bumrah at North Sound in Antigua became the first Asian to do so. Overall in Test cricket, only 11 bowlers have achieved this rare feat.

Five-plus wicket hauls by bowlers while conceding less than 10 runs in a Test innings

Bowling figuresBowlerForOpponentVenueMonth, yearResultType
2.3-1-2-5*Ernie ToshackAustraliaIndiaBrisbaneDecember 1947WonPace
6.5-4-3-6Jermaine LawsonWest IndiesBangladeshDhakaDecember 2002WonPace
7.2-5-6-5Bert IronmongerAustraliaSouth AfricaMelbourneFebruary 1932WonSpin
9.4-5-7-8George LohmannEnglandSouth AfricaPort ElizabethFebruary 1896WonPace
6.3-4-7-6Arthur Giligan#EnglandSouth AfricaBirminghamJune 1924WonPace
6-3-7-5Vernon Philander@South AfricaNew ZealandCape TownJanuary 2013WonPace
8-4-7-5Jasprit BumrahIndiaWest IndiesNorth SoundAugust 2019WonPace
8.1-6-8-6Dale Steyn@South AfricaPakistanJohannesburgFebruary 2013WonPace
5-1-8-5Kemar RoachWest IndiesBangladeshNorth SoundJuly 2018WonPace
6.5-3-9-5Tim MayAustraliaWest IndiesAdelaideJanuary 1993LostSpin
6.2-0-9-6Michael ClarkeAustraliaIndiaMumbai (Wankhede)November 2004LostSpin

* Eight-ball overs; # was captain; @ occurred twice for South Africa in same series


The number of West Indian batsmen dismissed caught and bowled by Ishant Sharma in the first innings of the Test match at North Sound. He thus became the 11th Indian bowler (for the 12th time) and only the second pace bowler to claim two caught and bowled dismissals in the same Test innings for India. Munaf Patel against England at Mohali in March 2006 is the only other Indian pacer to do so. Ishant Sharma is the only fifth Indian to do so in an away Test match.

Two caught and bowled dismissals in the same Test innings by an Indian bowler in away matches

BowlerBowling figuresOpponentVenueMonth, yearResult
Vinoo Mankad5/64PakistanPeshawarFebruary 1955Drawn
B. Chandrasekhar6.38EnglandThe OvalAugust 1971Won
B. Chandrasekhar6/94New ZealandAucklandJanuary 1976Won
Dilip Doshi2/79New ZealandAucklandMarch 1981Drawn
Anil Kumble4/87ZimbabweHarareOctober 1998Lost
Ishant Sharma5/43West IndiesNorth SoundAugust 2019Won


Queries Corner

In the recent Test match at Antigua, Jasprit Bumrah claimed his 50th wicket in his 11th Test match. Since he is yet to appear in a Test match at home, is this the quickest to 50 wickets by any Indian bowler while playing Tests away from home? – Anil Badrinath, Tirupati

Both Subash Gupte (in 1959) and E. A. S. Prasanna (in 1968) also claimed their 50th Test wicket in their 11th overseas Test. However, the Indian record stands in the name of Irfan Pathan, who managed to claim 50 away wickets in just nine Test matches in September 2005 (in Zimbabwe). However, Bumrah’s case is unique since all his first 50 wickets have come away from home.

Jasprit Bumrah’s five-wicket haul at North Sound had four bowled dismissals. Is this some sort of a record by an Indian in Tests? – Vijay Tiwari, Delhi

Jasprit Bumrah’s four bowled dismissals in the recent North Sound Test make him the 11th Indian bowler to claim four or more bowled dismissals in a Test innings. This includes three bowlers – Jasu Patel and Bapu Nadkarni in 1960-61 at home and Anil Kumble in 1992-93 in South Africa – who have the distinction of claiming five bowled dismissals in an innings. Eight other Indian bowlers – including Kumble again! – have managed four bowled dismissals in an innings. However, Bumrah becomes the first Indian pace bowler to achieve this. For the record, among Indian bowlers who have claimed three or more bowled dismissals, Kapil Dev and Mohammed Shami have achieved this on four separate occasions!

When Ajinkya Rahane’s scored his 10th career Test hundred in the recent match at Antigua, was it the longest he has taken between two Test hundreds? What has been his recent record in Tests? – Akhil Patwardhan, Pune

Ajinkya Rahane’s 102 at North Sound was the 10th Test century of his career. His ninth century came way back in the first week of August 2017 – the 132 he made at the SSC, Colombo. Since then, it’s been 29 innings in 777 runs at an average of 26.79 with six fifties (his highest scores have been 81 twice and an 80). His 29 innings is by far his longest spell without a Test century. He also had a spell of 17 innings without a Test century between October 2016 and July 2017.

Note: All figures above are updated as on August 31, 2019.

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