Manchester, Aug 9: India paceman Pankaj Singh finally had a reason to celebrate at Old Trafford during the third day of the fourth Test against England here Saturday. He took his maiden Test wicket after sending down 416 balls.
After going wicket-less in 47 overs in his Test debut at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, Pankaj toiled for 22.1 overs in his second Test here and finally got his reward when he dismissed Joe Root caught behind by MS Dhoni down the legside. Soon he had another success to his name, in the form of Jos Buttler, caught by Cheteshwar Pujara at mid-off.
The 29-year-old Pankaj bowled 37 overs in the first innings of his debut Test with figures of 0/146. In the second innings, he delivered 10 unsuccessful overs with 0/33.
In this Test, his moment of joy came after waiting for 415 balls (69.1 overs) in the five-day format. Root was his victim and Pankaj was all smiles capturing his maiden Test scalp.
In the last Test and here too, the tall bowler was unlucky to have not got more wickets.
In his first Test innings, Pankaj had Alastair Cook dropped by Ravindra Jadeja at slips when the England captain was on 15. Cook went on to score 95 and England registered a 266-run win to level the series 1-1 in the five-Test rubber.