Ravichandran Ashwin on Sunday became the 3rd highest wicket-taker for India in tests. The off-spinner achieved the feat in the second innings of New Zealand in the 1st test at Kanpur.
In the first innings of the match, Ashwin took three wickets taking his wickets tally to 416. He took the wicket of New Zealand opener Will Young. Although Young would have reviewed the decision and he could have been safe but Young was late to do so.
When Ashwin took the wicket of Young he was equal with former Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh. However, Ashwin reached the mark much quicker than Harbhajan. Harbhajan took 190 test innings to reach whereas Ravichandran Ashwin took 150 innings only. The 36-year-old spinner has an average of 24.52.
Anil Kumble is an Indian bowler with the most wickets in the test. The former Indian captain has a total of 619 wickets. After Kumble is the legendary Kapil Dev who has 434 wickets to his name. However, the legendary spinner of Sri Lanka Muttiah Muralidharan has the most wickets in the history of the test. The legend from the island nation has a total of 800 wickets.
Shreyas Iyer is optimistic that India can win the test
India set a target of 284 runs for the Kiwis to chase in the fourth innings. Iyer was hopeful that India’s bowling attack was capable of winning the match. Specifically, the spin attack has the likes of Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Axar Patel.
When India came to bat on the fourth day, the Kiwis took some early wickets, as a result, India was 51 for 5. However, the likes of Iyer, Wriddhiman Saha, Ashwin, and Patel helped India to make a comeback. Both Iyer and Saha scored the fifties. Meanwhile, Ashwin scored 32 and Patel scored 28 and helped India set a target of 184.
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