Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has become the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket this year. This third most successful bowler of India left behind Pakistan’s pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi. Afridi has 44 wickets so far this year, while Ashwin has now got 48 wickets. Ashwin took four wickets on the second day of the second Test match of the series being played against New Zealand in Mumbai. He conceded just 8 runs.
New Zealand’s left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel repeated history by taking all 10 wickets in the Indian innings. He is the third bowler after Jim Laker and Anil Kumble to take 10 wickets in a Test match. India’s first innings was reduced to 325 runs. It was followed by the Indian bowlers no. India showed an amazing game and bundled out New Zealand for just 62 runs.
Apart from Ashwin’s spin, the Kiwi batsmen were also troubled by Mohammad Siraj’s swing and pace. Siraj took three wickets for 19 runs.
India has tightened its grip on the Kiwi team in the Mumbai Test. At the end of the day’s play, the Indian team scored 69 runs in their second innings without losing any wickets. India’s total lead is now 332 runs.
Pakistan’s Hasan Ali is at number three in the list of highest wicket-takers this year, who has taken 39 wickets in 8 Test matches. India’s Axar Patel has taken 35 wickets in 5 test matches and is at number four in this list. England’s James Anderson is at the fifth position for 32 wickets.
However, Shaheen will have a chance to match Ashwin. Pakistan team is playing a test match against Bangladesh and if Afridi can do something amazing in it, then he can give competition to Ashwin.