SA vs India: Bumrah, Shami on the verge of achieving massive Test feats
Bumrah has taken 101 wickets in 24 Tests
He made his Test debut against South Africa during India’s last tour in 2018
Mohammed Shami needs five more scalps to become only the fifth Indian pacer to take 200 Test wickets
India’s tour of South Africa is set to start with the Centurion Test at SuperSport Park on Sunday. India will look to win their first Test series in South Africa, while the Proteas will aim to keep their domination over India intact. During the 2017-18 Freedom Trophy, when India last toured South Africa, the hosts defeated India 2-1.
As India target a historic Test series win, fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami will look to achieve their individual milestones. Both Bumrah and Shami, who were rested for the New Zealand series, will return to the Indian team in the first Test against South Africa.
Since making his debut in 2018, Bumrah has taken 101 wickets in Test cricket in just 24 matches at an average of 22.79. Of those 24 Tests, he played just two matches in India, and those two matches he played against England in February earlier this year. He took four wickets in Chennai Test while in Ahmadabad Test he went wicketless.
While playing in overseas conditions, Bumrah took 97 wickets. Now he is just three wickets away from completing 100 Test wickets away from India. As the South African conditions suit seam bowlers, Bumrah is expected to complete the feat in the Centurion Test itself. It was South Africa where Bumrah had made his Test debut during India's last tour in 2018.
Shami waits to join an exclusive list
In the meantime, Bumrah’s fast bowling partner Mohammed Shami is just five wickets away from becoming just the fifth Indian pacer after Kapil Dev, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, and Javagal Srinath to pick 200 wickets in Test cricket. Shami has taken 195 wickets in 54 Tests at an average of 27.57.
India have so far won only three Tests in South Africa. The last time India toured South Africa they lost the series 2-1.
After the Centurion Test, the two sides will face off again in Johannesburg (from January 3) and in Cape Town (from January 11).
The Test series will be succeeded by a three-match ODI series, which will be played in Paarl from January 19.