The premier Indian pacer, Bhuvneshwar Kumar reached the milestone of 100 ODI wickets when he dismissed the Australian skipper Aaron Finch in his second over during the first ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday. After reaching the 100-wicket mark, he became the fourth slowest Indian to reach the milestone as he completed his tally in his 96th ODI, with the likes the likes of Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, and Ravi Shastri having managed the feat in more matches.
Sourav is the slowest to the feat with 308 ODIs, with Tendulkar taking 268, Yuvraj with 266 ODIs and the current India coach Shastri taking exactly 100 ODIs to take 100 ODI wickets.
Bhuvneshwar has also become the 19th Indian bowler to reach the landmark. Here is the video of his 100th ODI wicket:
Bhuvneshwar Kumar picks up his 100th ODI wicket in style.
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Former Indian pacer Irfan Pathan was the fastest Indian to reach the landmark as he took his first 100 ODI wickets in just 59 games. Rashid Khan had recently become the fastest ever to take 100 ODI wickets when he surpassed the landmark in just 44 matches to reach the mark.
Bhuvneshwar has joined the illustrious list of bowlers to take 100 ODI wickets for India which comprises of bowlers like Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, Ajit Agarkar, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, Kapil Dev, Venkatesh Prasad, Irfan Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, Manoj Prabhakar, Ashish Nehra, Sachin Tendulkar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravi Shastri, Ishant Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Umesh Yadav and Sourav Ganguly.
Bhuvneshwar made his international debut in December 2012 against Pakistan and took two wickets. Bowling on pitches and conditions at home meant a slow start to international cricket for the Meerut-born bowler. Bhuvneshwar has taken only one 5-wicket haul in his career, against Sri Lanka at Colombo in September 2017.
Australia finished their innings with a tally of 288/5in 37 overs with Khawaja, Handscomb and, Marsh scoring the half-centuries. Team India will be chasing a stiff target of 289, which will not be an easy total to chase.