Star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin became the third-highest wicket-taker for India. He surpassed Harbhajan Singh (417 wickets) to claim this spot. Ashwin achieved this feat by scalping New Zealand opener Tom Latham’s wicket in the first Test match that was held in Kanpur.
Ashwin (419) is now behind Kapil Dev (434) and Anil Kumble (619). The Chennai-based bowler needs to scalp 16 wickets more to surpass Kapil Dev and become the second-highest wicket-taker for India. He is the second-highest wicket-taker among Indian spinners right now (Anil Kumble is the first). Ashwin has also become the fifth-highest wicket-taker among all spinners across the world.
Ashwin started off his Test career in November 2011. His maiden Test match was against West Indies and it was held in Delhi. He took a total of nine wickets in that match. Since then, Ashwin has been a backbone for the Indian bowling lineup. His bowling average is 24.49 in Tests. He took 30 fifers in 81 matches he played. There are also seven 10-wicket hauls (both innings) in his career. His best bowling figures are 59/7.
Ashwin scalped a total of six wickets in the recently held Test Match against New Zealand. He has also become the highest wicket-taker in India v New Zealand tests. He has 58 wickets under his belt. Bishan Singh Bedi is in the second position with 57 wickets.