Stuart Broad becomes seventh bowler in the history of test cricket to take 500 wickets. He was named Man of the series against West Indies in a 3 match series after taking 16 wickets. However, he only played 2 matches in the series. Yet, he was the leading wicket taker in the series with a remarkable average of 10.94.
I am sure everyone’s first memory of Stuart Broad is from T20 World Cup 2007, when Yuvraj Singh smashed 6 sixes in his over in the Group Stage match of the T20 World Cup in Kingsmead Cricket Stadium, Durban. Stuart Broad was just a 21 year old youngster from Nottingham who started his career at Leicestershire. However, Stuart Broad has come a long way from getting hit 6 sixes in an over to become only the seventh bowler in the world to take 500 wickets in test cricket.
After his incredible performance in the series and becoming the seventh bowler to pick up 500 wickets in Test Cricket he has also jumped 7 places up in the ICC Test Rankings. Stuart Broad is now at 3rd place with 823 rating. He now ranks behind Australia’s Pat Cummins and New Zealand’s Neil Wagner. After the series victory against West Indies, England are 3rd in the ICC World Test Championship behind India and Australia.
With upcoming Test series against Pakistan, Stuart Broad will be pumped. His next target will be to achieve the 600 wickets. Stuart Broad’s teammate Jimmy Anderson is close to achieve this milestone. He only needs 11 wickets to make it in the 600 wickets club along with cricketing legends like Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne and Anil Kumble. However, Stuart Broad is far behind this target. But he surely must have set his eyes on the goal. We will have to wait and see if he can achieve it in coming years. Comment below your opinions.
Players to take 500+ wickets in Test cricket:
- Muttiah Muralitharan (SL) – 800 wickets
- Shane Warne (AUS)- 708 wickets
- Anil Kumble (IND)- 619 wickets
- Jimmy Anderson (ENG)- 589 wickets
- Glenn McGrath (AUS)- 563 wickets
- Courtney Walsh (WI)- 519 wickets
- Stuart Broad (ENG)- 501 wickets