Ishant Sharma has been India's leading player with the ball in the five-game test series against England. The lanky pacer has been the favorite of Indian bowlers with 18 terrains in his name, behind only England's fast bowler James Anderson, who has taken 21 wickets in the series so far. Ishant was once again in the fifth and final Test at The Oval, taking three fields in the first innings of England that placed him in an elite company. Thanks to his exploits in the first chance, Ishant equaled Kapil Dev's record in the most land acquired by an Indian bowler in the Tests held in England.
Kapil Dev took a total of 43 test terrains in England in 13 matches (22 innings) with 5/125 being his best figures in one inning. Ishant, courtesy of his three fields in the first possibility, joined Kapil Dev at the top, taking his tally to 43 fields in the Tests held in England.
Ishant reached the point of reference in his 12th Test (18 innings) and will have the opportunity to overtake the legendary off-roader in the second inning of England in The Oval.
Anil Kumble is third on the list with 36 wickets in 10 games (19 innings), while Bishan Singh Bedi is fourth with 35 wickets in 12 Tests in England (18 innings).
Incidentally, Issant's attack rate of 60.2 is the second best among the 10 best players on the list, surpassed only by his partner Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has taken 19 terrains in 5 events in England (7 entries) with a rate of 54.5.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar lost the chance to increase his account in England, since he lost the entire series of five matches due to a lower back injury.
All 19 Bhuvneshwar lands came on the Indian tour of 2014 for England, which is the largest joint amount of an Indian in an individual series in England.
Bhuvneshwar shares first place with Zaheer Khan, who escaped 19 wickets in the three-test series in England in 2007.
Ishant will have the opportunity to break that record too, if he takes two or more fields in the second possibility of the fifth and last Test.