Shannon Gabriel it was who joined an elite list of bowlers after his 13-wicket haul against Sri Lanka in the 2nd Test at Gros Islet. It was rain in the final day that denied a result.

But, burly Gabriel was in red-hot form as he picked up 5 wickets in the first innings and followed it up with 8 for 62, that meant he ended up with figures of 13-121. Gabriel’s match figures are the third-best by any West Indian in Tests and the fifth-best by any bowler this century. He is now just behind Michael Holding and Courtney Walsh in the West Indian list.

His 13-wicket haul was also the 5 best since 2000. In this list, he has legends like Harbhajan Singh and Muttiah Muralitharan for company. Chaminda Vaas is the only pacer in that list, which makes Gabriel’s performance even more great.

Best Test bowling since 2000

15-217 – Harbhajan Singh v Australia, Chennai, 2001
14-184 – Rangana Herath v Pakistan, Colombo, 2014
14-191 – Chaminda Vaas v Pakistan, Colombo, 2001
13-115 – Mutthiah Muralidaran v Zimbabwe, Kandy, 2002
13-121 – Shannon Gabriel v Sri Lanka, St Lucia, 2018

Best Test bowling by a West Indian

4-149 – Michael Holding v England, The Oval, 19761

3-55 – Courtney Walsh v New Zealand, Wellington, 1995
13-121 – Shannon Gabriel v Sri Lanka, St Lucia, 2018
12-121 – Andy Roberts v India, Chennai, 1975
11-84 – Curtly Ambrose v England, Trinidad, 1994

Gabriel’s brilliance with the ball also got him adjudicated the Man of the Match.