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Kagiso Rabada accomplishes 200 wickets in Test cricket

January 28, 2021

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Kagiso Rabada is now the youngest non-Asian bowler to pick up 200 wickets in Test cricket. He is the 7th Proteas bowler to cross the 200-Test mark. The pacer achieved the milestone after he bowled Hasan Ali with a peach of a delivery that knocked out his middle stump in the first Test against Pakistan. Rabada reached 200 Test wickets in just 44 Test matches. Dale Steyn and Allan Donald got there in 39 and 42 Tests, respectively.

Kagiso Rabada is currently the 4th youngest, and the youngest non-Asian, to achieve this feat. Waqar Younis tops the list as he scalped 200 Test wickets (24 years and 26 days). Younis is followed by veteran Indian all-rounder Kapil Dev (24 years and 68 days) and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh (25 years and 74 days). Kagiso Rabada has been South Africa's finest seamer ever since he made his debut.

Rabada has always been known for his competence in white-ball cricket. However, his record in the purest format of the game is also quite impressive. With Hasan Ali's dismissal, Kagiso Rabada is now the third-fastest Proteas player to pick 200 Test wickets. Dale Steyn is the leading wicket-taker with 439 Test wickets.

Rabada scalped 200 wickets in 8154 deliveries

The 25-year-old bowler also has the best strike rate from all other Proteas bowlers with 200 or more Test wickets. Only Waqar Younis and Dale Steyn have reached the feat in less deliveries. Younis took 7730 balls to scalp 200 wickets, while Steyn and Rabada reached the milestone in 7848 and 8154 balls, respectively.  

Kagiso Rabada has been troubling the Pakistan batsmen in the ongoing Test against Pakistan. He dismissed Pakistan openers Imran Butt and Abid Ali with some fantastic deliveries. The youngster has also shown great stamina as he bowled more than 25 overs in his first Test after returning from a groin strain.

Rabada has also picked up 117 ODI and 31 T20I wickets in 75 and 26 matches respectively. With 800 wickets, legendary spinner Muttiah Muralitharan holds the record for the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket. The Sri Lankan is followed by Shane Warne (708), Anil Kumble (619), James Anderson (606) and Glenn McGrath (563).

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