Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Utility all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja created history during the ongoing third Test between India and Australia in Indore on Wednesday.

So far, Jadeja has picked crucial wickets of Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Usman Khawaja and Steve Smith after India were skittled out for a paltry total of 109 in the first innings. Jadeja matched former India skipper Kapil Dev’s incredible feat when he handed India its first breakthrough in the second over of the Australian innings.

Jadeja dismissed opener Head on the fourth delivery of his first over to complete 500 wickets in international cricket. Jadeja is now the second Indian player to score 5,000 runs and capture 500 wickets in international cricket.

Jadeja achieved the remarkable feat in his 298th international appearance. Legendry all-rounder Kapil scored 9,031 runs and picked up 687 wickets in 356 international matches. Apart from Jadeja and Kapil, the elite list features great all-rounders like Wasim Akram, Jacques Kallis, Imran Khan, Shakib Al Hasan, Shahid Afridi, Daniel Vettori, Chaminda Vaas, Shaun Pollock and Ian Botham.

Notably, Jadeja continued his brilliant form to pick the first four wickets for the hosts in the third Test against Australia.

Earlier, India were bundled out for just 109 runs in their first innings with Matthew Kuhnemann (5/16) bagging his maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket.