England vs India: Ben Stokes joins elite list, Sam Curran creates history

first_imgBen Stokes joined an elite list of English cricketers as he took the wicket of Dinesh Karthik on Thursday on the second day of the first Test between England and India at Edgbaston.Karthik, who was clean bowled, was Stokes’s 100th Test wicket and with his dismissal the all-rounder became only the fifth English player to score over 2500 runs and take 100 wickets in Test cricket.The other four cricketers to achieve the same feat before Stokes are Tony Greig, Ian Botham, Andrew Flintoff and Stuart Broad.Stokes is also the third fastest in world cricket to reach the landmark. The all-rounder achieved the feat in his 43rd Test.India vs England 1st Test, Day 2: Live UpdatesBangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan took 37 Tests to score 2500 runs and take 100 wickets in Test cricket, while South Africa’s Trevor Goddard and England’s Grieg reached there in 40 matches.The recent success should help Stokes overcame the disappointment of last year after his involvement in a fight outside a Bristol nightclub kept him away from cricket for a long time.In September last year, Stokes was arrested and subsequently suspended by ECB following the incident in Bristol.The cricketer was charged of affray and that forced him to sit out of the Ashes in Australia. He only returned to the England side in March this year on the tour of New Zealand after he pleaded not guilty in a British court. The case is still ongoing.He made his return to international cricket at home with the two-match Test series against Pakistan in May.advertisementMeanwhile, youngster Sam Curran also entered the record books as he bamboozled Indian batsmen with his left-arm pace bowling.Curran, who took the wickets of openers Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan and number three batsman KL Rahul, became the youngest English fast bowler to take four wickets in a Test innings in England, at the age of 20 years and 60 days.last_img read more