England star all-rounder and skipper for the 1st Test has become the second-fastest and, overall, the sixth player to score 4000 runs and also reach 150 wickets in Test cricket. Stokes took 64 test matches to do so. Ben Stokes has now become the first England cricketer and the overall second player to achieve the feat.
Stokes reached the milestone after taking the wicket of West Indies tailender, Alzarri Joseph in 98.4 overs of the innings and finished with the figures of 4/49 at the end West Indies’ innings.
Ben Stokes clean bowls Alzarri Joseph he now has 150 Test wickets! 🎉 #ENGvWI SCORECARD ▶️ https://t.co/J9IrapSl4x pic.twitter.com/8BgMEySYOp
— ICC (@ICC) July 10, 2020
Stokes also took the wicket of his West Indies counterpart, Jason Holder, by returning the notes. Holder had earlier taken the wicket of the England skipper during the first innings.
Recently Stokes had reached 4000 runs in Test cricket and, now he also has 150 wickets under his belt. This makes him the second-fastest player in history to do so. Only former West Indies cricketer Gary Sobers achieved this feat by taking 63 matches while Stokes took 64 matches to do so.
The other cricketers in the list include World Cup-winning skipper Kapil Dev, South Africa’s Jacques Kallis and New Zealand’s Daniel Vettori.
In the ongoing match between England vs West Indies, Stokes took four wickets, including opener Kraigg Braithwaite, Shane Dowrich, skipper Jason Holder and Alzarri Joseph. The hosts managed to bundle out the visitors on 318 runs, and now trailing by 99 runs in their second innings.
England is currently batting on 15 runs with openers Rory Burns (10 runs) and Dominic Sibley (5 runs) on the crease, as they look to score big in their second innings and set a stiff target for the visitors to win the match.