- Ashwin becomes Indian to take 50 plus Test wickets for most number of times in a calendar year
- R Ashwin smashes legendary spin bowler Anil Kumble’s record
- Ashwin has become the highest Test wicket-taker this year
Indian cricket team’s off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin registered a big achievement on the third day of the second and last Test match of the series against New Zealand (IND vs NZ 2nd Test). During this, Ashwin left behind the record of compatriot veteran Anil Kumble.
In fact, Ashwin has become the Indian bowler to take 50 plus Test wickets for the most number of times in a calendar year. Ashwin achieved this feat by dismissing opener Will Young in the second innings of the Kiwis on the third day of the Mumbai Test.
This is the fourth time Ashwin has managed to take 50 or more wickets in a calendar year. He had earlier set this record in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Anil Kumble (1999, 2004, 2006) has achieved this feat thrice while off-spinner Harbhajan too (2001, 2002, 2008) has taken 50 plus Test wickets in a calendar year thrice. Legendary Kapil Dev (1979, 1983) has achieved this feat twice.
Ashwin has taken the most Test wickets this year
Ashwin has become the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket this year. This third most successful bowler of India overtook Pakistan’s pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi. Afridi has 44 wickets so far this year, while Ashwin has 50 wickets in his name. Ashwin achieved this feat by taking 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.
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. James Anderson of England 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.
India declared innings for 276 runs
On the third day of the Mumbai Test, India finished their second innings at 276 for seven. In this way, New Zealand set a difficult target of 540 runs to win the second and final Test match. India had scored 325 runs in their first innings, in response to which New Zealand were bowled out for 62 runs.
Openers Mayank Agarwal (62), Cheteshwar Pujara (47), Shubman Gill (47), Axar Patel (41 not out) and skipper Virat Kohli (36) made useful contributions in India’s second innings. For New Zealand, spinner Aijaz Patel, who took all 10 wickets in the first innings, took 4 for 106 while Rachin Ravindra took 3 for 56.