IND vs NZ: Ravichandran Ashwin at four milestones; Behind Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh

Mumbai, First Published Dec 2, 2021, 11:45 AM IST

Mumbai: Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will be the center of attention when the India-New Zealand 2nd Test starts tomorrow at Wankhede Stadium Mumbai. The Indian spinner is close to four milestones. During the first Test in Kanpur, Ashwin overtook veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh to become India’s third all – time leading wicket – taker.

With six wickets in Kanpur, R Ashwin has taken 44 wickets in 14 innings in Tests this year. With six more wickets in Mumbai, Ashwin could take 50 wickets in a Test for the fourth time in a calendar year. With this, Ashwin can overtake Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh, who have taken 50 wickets in three years. Ashwin took 62 wickets in 2015, 72 in 2016 and 56 in 2017.

With eight more wickets to go, Ashwin could join the ranks of the elite in Test cricket with Anil Kumble taking 300 wickets. Kumble has taken 350 wickets. With eight more wickets, Ashwin can break Richard Haddley’s record of 65 wickets in 14 Tests in the history of the India – New Zealand series. Ashwin, on the other hand, can break his personal record of taking more wickets in a single Test match. Ashwin has taken 30 wickets in four Tests in Chennai and Mumbai.

Anil Kumble and Kapil Dev are the only Indian batsmen to have taken more wickets in Tests than Ashwin. Kubley has taken 619 wickets in 132 Tests while Kapil has taken 434 wickets in 131 matches. Ashwin overtook Harbhajan Singh, who took 417 wickets in 103 matches, in the 80th Test of his career in Kanpur.

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