England's James Anderson has become the most successful fast bowler in Test history, overtaking Australian great Glenn McGrath by bowling Mohammed Shami to seal victory against India at The Oval.
Anderson was made to wait until the final delivery of his 143rd Test match but eventually took his wicket tally to 564 as he knocked back the middle stump of the India tailender to clinch a 118-run victory for his side.
With the crowd roaring him on, Anderson ripped out Shami's middle stump with a trademark ball that nipped back off the seam.
The 36-year-old Lancastrian had begun the day level on 563 with McGrath, having dismissed Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara in the same over, at the end of a day in which his best friend Alastair Cook made an emotional farewell century.
"I'm just happy to win the game. I wasn't even thinking about the record," Anderson, who played in his first Test in 2003, said after receiving a standing ovation.
Anderson is now fourth on the all-time list behind a trio of spinners - Muttiah Muralitharan (800), Shane Warne (708) and Anil Kumble (619).
McGrath praised the "incredible" English bowler.
"I was proud to hold it for as long as I did - for it to be beaten by somebody like Jimmy Anderson is great," McGrath, whose haul of 563 came from 124 matches, told BBC Radio 5 live.
"I have a lot of respect for Jimmy. He’s been an incredible bowler for a long time," McGrath said.
"To have played well over 140 Tests and just keep running in, day in, day out, and remain at the top of his game, yeah, I’m very proud Jimmy’s got there."
Anderson's skipper Joe Root was equally effusive.
"To achieve what Jimmy has achieved to date has been unbelievable, and the scary thing is he believes he's got a couple of years left," he said at The Oval where England sealed a 4-1 series victory.
"In my opinion he's bowling the best he's ever been."
Anderson and Cook have been mainstays of the England side for more than a decade, playing key roles in four Ashes series wins.
The opening batsman, who announced his retirement from international cricket after the fourth Test, described Anderson as a "freak".
"To see Jimmy pass Glenn McGrath's record was brilliant," Cook, who captained Anderson for 49 Tests, said.
"We've lived in each other's pockets for 12 years and it's been a privilege to play with England's greatest cricketer.
"No disrespect to any other guys, his skills to do it time and time again, you almost take it for granted that's he's going to hit a length.
"I can't describe what he must go through, physically and mentally, to do what he does. He's a freak. It's been a pleasure standing at first slip for his bowling."
Anderson was close to tears after finishing the series as the leading wicket-taker with 24 in five Tests.
"I'm trying not to cry," Anderson said.
"It's been a special achievement for me. It's not something I've aimed for. I've just enjoyed playing for England - it's an amazing job."
Anderson said he wanted to keep going as long as possible.
"I feel pretty fresh considering how many overs I've bowled. I'm thoroughly enjoying playing," he said.
"As long as I keep my fitness in a good place, as long as I keeping enjoying turning up to practice and working on my skills, I'll keep going."