WI vs IND: Ravindra Jadeja could script these Test records
Senior Indian cricketer Ravindra Jadeja will be hoping to be a part of the Test team that will face West Indies in the first match on Thursday. Team India is up against Windies for a two-match Test series. Spin all-rounder Jadeja, who has been a superb Test player, is in line to script some special records. Here we look at the same.
Jadeja has featured in 41 Test matches for India so far. He has picked up 192 Test scalps at an average of 23.68. Jaddu's best figure is 7/48. He made his Test debut in 2012 and is a crucial member of the Indian cricket team.
The left-arm spinner needs just eight more wickets to reach the 200-wicket mark in the format. If Jadeja manages to achieve the milestone then he will become the quickest left-arm spinner to notch this feat and surpass Lankan great Rangana Herath. Herath had achieved the feat in his 47th Test. Jaddu can script the same in this series.
Meanwhile, Jadeja can also be the second-fastest Indian after Ravichandran Ashwin to breach the 200-wicket mark. Ashwin achieved the feat in 2011 and is currently the third-fastest to 200 scalps. He registered this record in his 37th Test while playing against New Zealand in Kanpur. Harbhajan Singh (46 Tests) is the second-fastest Indian to 200 wickets. Jaddu can eclipse Harbhajan against the Windies.
Jadeja can also become the 10th Indian bowler to surpass the 200-wicket mark in Test cricket. He is currently behind Javagal Srinath (236 Test wickets). The left-arm spinner will want to show his mettle against the Windies and work well with Ashwin. However, a lot depends on whether skipper Virat Kohli goes for five bowlers in the starting XI.
With the ICC Test Championship on offer, it's important for both India and Windies to do well. This could be the extra factor for these sides to bring in that intensity level. The Test Championship 2019-21 started with The Ashes 2019 on August 1. Both teams have a chance to grab 120 points from the series. So there's everything to play for.