Kagiso Rabada became the youngest bowler to take 150 wickets in Test cricket on Saturday as he picked the wicket of Dilruwan Perera during Sri Lanka’s second innings of their 1st Test at Galle.
Rabada’s at 23 years and 50 days surpassed Harbhajan Singh’s record, who claimed the record having reached 150 Test wickets at the age of 23 and 106 days in 2003.
Before Harbhajan, the record belonged to India’s World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev who had taken 150 Test wickets at 23 years and 155 days.
Rabada reached the milestone in just 31 Test matches for South Africa and 57 innings.
Rabada is known for his fiery pace and accurate bowling. The youngster has been one of South Africa’s biggest assets ever since he made it to the big stage.
Rabada has taken 150 wickets at a brilliant strike rate of 38.45 with an average of 21.21. Overall, Rabada also has nine five-wicket hauls to his name.
HOW RABADA REACHED THE MILESTONE
In the 45th over of Sri Lanka’s second innings on Saturday, Rabada took two wickets, the second of which got him to the milestone.
Rabada bowled a beautiful swinging delivery at Perera. Perera thought the ball was going outside off but it actually came in and hit the pads. Height could have been a factor but Sri Lanka did not take the review and Rabada got his 150th Test wicket.
Before Perera, Rabada had sent Niroshan Dickwells packing in the second delivery of the same over. Dickwella got a thick nick to Rabada’s delivery, Quinton de Kock stayed low and caught the ball to give Rabada his 149th wicket.
Apart from that, Rabada had earlier picked the wicket of opener Dimuth Karunaratne at 60 runs in 32.3 overs in the innings, where he returned with figures of 3/44 in 12 overs.
RABADA’S FIRST INNINGS vs SRI LANKA
Ahead of the match at Galle, Rabada was at 143 wickets from 30 matches and it were the first innings that set the momentum for Rabada’s milestone.
In Sri Lanka’s first innings, Rabada returned with figures of 4/50 in the 14 overs he bowled.
He picked the wicket of Danushka Gunathilaka (26) to inflict the first loss upon Sri Lanka in the 11th over.
Thereafter in the 36th over, Rabada sent Angelo Mathews (1) and Roshen Silva (0) in a space of three deliveries. Towards the fag end of the innings, Rabada picked the wicket of Suranga Lakmal to end up with four wickets.
On the other hand, Dale Steyn equalled former captain Shaun Pollock’s South African record for most wickets in Test cricket in the same match.
Steyn dismissed last man Lakshan Sandakan to claim his 421st wicket in Test cricket and joined the legendary pacer.
Despite the good works of Rabada and the bowlers, South Africa are currently in trouble overall.
Sri Lanka had put up 287 runs on the board in the first innings, in reply of which South Africa were bowled out for a mere 126 runs.
In the second innings, the South African bowlers restricted Sri Lanka to 190 but Sri Lanka were in tatters early on, needing 352 runs to win.
At the time of publishing the article, South Africa were 32/5 in 14.2 overs with their top five batsman back in the pavilion and only Quinton de Kock at the crease.