Thakur's fiery spell rattles SA

Team India pacer Shardul Thakur and his sensational figures of 7/61 got the visitors roaring back into the contest on Day 2 of the second Test against South Africa at Wanderers in Johannesburg on Tuesday (January 4). Thakur completed his maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket and helped bundle out South Africa for 229 as India conceded a lead of just 27 runs.

The Mumbai and former Chennai Super Kings seamer now holds the record for best innings figures among Indian bowlers in South Africa. He overtook Harbhajan Singh in the process, who had scalped 7/120 in the Cape Town Test during India’s tour in 2010-11. 

Thakur now also holds the record for best bowling figures by an Indian against South Africa in a Test innings. He went past Ravichandran Ashwin to go top of the charts in this category. The pacer’s show also saw him script a unique feat as he now has the joint-best figures by any bowler at the venue since South Africa’s re-admission in 1992.