Stuart Broad- the England paceman joined the elite club of bowlers to reach the landmark of 500 wickets in international whites.

Broad displayed an all-round performance including 62 runs & 10 wickets to help the home side grab their hands on the Wisden Trophy which was the series-deciding encounter at Old Trafford, Manchester. 

Stuart Broad became the second Englishman to enter the 500-wicket club
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The English captain – Joe Root too credited the right-arm pacer, using the terminology- “Phenomenal achievement”- runs in the 1st innings, 10 wickets maiden itself speaks out loud to justify the Player of the Match & joint Player of the Series holder. Although having reached the milestone in the 14th year of his Test playing career which marked the slowest ever player to do so, but it was a delight to watch for the fans across the globe as he had made an entrant amongst the stalwarts of the game.

A place amongst the legends of the game

Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan was the fastest player to achieve the feat, taking just 87 tests, followed by Anil Kumble (105), Shane Warne (108), Glenn McGrath (110), and James Anderson/ Courtney Walsh (129). Broad surpassed his teammate – James Anderson (78) as the highest wicket-taker for England in the 4th innings of Test cricket.

Broad has been one of the most consistent bowlers in modern Test Cricket
(Image – Sky Sports)

Having dropped from the 1st test to make space for the pace duo of Jofra Archer- Mark Wood, Broad certainly encashed from the remainder 2 games to help England overcome the Windies storm after trailing 0-1 to win the Wisden Trophy 2-1.

Though the time is taken in terms of the number of matches (140) was the most for any player to achieve the feat; a career average below 28 for the first time in his career & third-fewest balls among others in the elite list having achieved the feat was the major highlight from the whole scenario. Broad’s key to success during the later phase of his career has been the lengths & targeting the stumps more frequently owing to which a major percentage of his scalps are because of LBW’s and dismissals.

The milestones scalps for Broad in his Test career

1- Chaminda Vaas (2007, Colombo)

100- Thisara Perera (2011, Sophia Gardens)

200- Michael Clarke (2013, Ashes series)

300-  Chris Rogers (2015, Ashes series)

400-  Tom Latham (2018, Auckland)

500- Kraigg Braithwaite (2020, Old Trafford)

Broad’s achievement was been cherished and praised by the cricketing greats from around the globe.

The above tweets by some of the stalwarts which re-defined the scenario of pace bowling in modern era cricket is certainly a landmark to celebrate, irrespective of the differences in the nationalities.

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