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3 milestones that R Ashwin could achieve against New Zealand and England

May 20, 2021

Written By,

Ankit Seth

India will be looking forward to their upcoming clash against New Zealand in the WTC final on 18th June. After that, the Men in Blue will collide with England in a 6-match Test series. The Indian Test side will heavily rely on their experienced players to deliver against New Zealand and England. R Ashwin is the most experienced bowler on the current Indian Test side. The 34-year-old has scalped an impressive 409 wickets in his Test career. The veteran bowler will look to add to his tally in the upcoming encounters against New Zealand and England. That said, here are 3 milestones that Ashwin could achieve when India face New Zealand and England:

1. R Ashwin is 8 wickets short of equalling Harbhajan Singh’s record in the Test format

In the Test format, R Ashwin has scalped a total of 409 wickets for the Indian national team. The 34-year-old is just 8 wickets shy of equalling Harbhajan Singh’s Test record. Harbhajan has scalped 417 wickets in his Test career. If Ashwin overtakes Harbhajan, he could become the 3rd highest wicket-taker in the Test format from India. Only Anil Kumble and Kapil Dev have picked more wickets than Harbhajan Singh in the Test format.

2. Ashwin needs 5 five-wicket hauls to equal the record of most fifers by an Indian in the Test format

In 78 matches in his Test career, Ashwin has bagged an impressive 30 five-wicket hauls. The 24-year-old is only behind Anil Kumble, who has 35 five-wicket hauls to his name in the Test format. Hence, Ashwin needs only 5 more fifers to equal the record held by Anil Kumble in the Test format.

3. Ashwin needs only 2 more 10-wicket hauls to become the Indian with the highest number in Tests

R Ashwin has scalped a total of 7 ten-wicket hauls in the longest format of the game. Currently, Anil Kumble is the Indian cricketer with the highest number of ten-wicket hauls in the Test format. Kumble scalped 8 ten-wicket hauls in his Test career. Therefore, Ashwin needs only 2 more 10 wicket hauls to become the Indian bowler with the most 10 wicket hauls in the Test format.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth