Ashwin Took 5 Wickets in 1st and 100th Test

R Ashwin.
R Ashwin.

In the thrilling fifth Test of the series against England at Dharamshala, Ravichandran Ashwin left an indelible mark on the cricketing world. Not only did he secure a victory for India, but he also etched his name in the annals of cricket history. This seasoned spinner’s remarkable feat of taking five wickets in both his debut and 100th Test has solidified his status as a cricketing legend.

A Test to Remember:

In the historic Dharamshala Test, R. Ashwin not only propelled India to victory but also created history by becoming the first cricketer in the world to claim five wickets in both their debut and 100th Test.

Unstoppable Force in Tests:

Ashwin made his Test debut in 2011. He took five wickets against the West Indies at Sebar Delhi. This time he maintained that streak in his 100th test. Ravichandran made this record by picking up Ben Foakes in Dharamshala. He did a great performance in this series against England. He was also included in the recently concluded ODI World Cup squad.

But after playing one match, he was no longer included in the team. There is a lot of criticism about it. But whatever he is, it goes without saying that he is unstoppable in Tests. He did the same in this match. He picked up important wickets for the team. As a result of Ashwin’s record, the entire Indian team is naturally happy.

Ashwin’s Dominance Continues:

In the first Test, India lost against England. There was a lot of criticism about the Indian team for the first shock in the five-match Test series. Defeat on the ground of a special house, no one could accept. But since then there was no looking back for Rohit Sharma’s team. They pocketed the series by winning consecutive matches. India also played in the Dharamshala Test. They won the match by 64 runs including the innings. Although the team led by Rohit Sharma has already pocketed this test series.

As a result, this Test of Dharamshala is a rule of thumb for both teams. But England could not win that match either. India is virtually certain to win the last match of the series. But as important as this match is for India, Ravichandran is more important for Ashwin. Because he is playing his hundredth Test. Naturally, this Test is memorable for him.

A Memorable Century Test for Ashwin

Ashwin took 5 wickets for 77 runs in 14 overs in the second innings of the fifth Test of the series against England at Dharamsala. Ashwin achieved the feat of taking 5 wickets in the innings for the second time in the current Test series. Along with that, Ravichandran broke Anil Kumble’s record for taking 5 wickets in an innings for the most time in the history of Test cricket.

Ashwin achieved the feat of taking 5 wickets in an innings a total of 36 times in his Test career. He set a precedent by bowling 189 innings in 100 Tests. Ravichandran set a new record for taking 5 wickets in an innings most times among Indian bowlers in Tests.

Record-Breaking Spree in the 100th Test

Till now this record was held by Anil Kumble. Although Ashwin sat next to Kumble in this regard with 5 wickets in the second innings of the Ranchi Test. This time in the second innings of the Dharamshala Test, Ravichandran single-handedly set a record for himself by capturing 5 wickets. Kumble bowled 236 innings of 132 Tests and achieved the feat of taking 5 wickets in an innings a total of 35 times. Thus, Ravichandran overtook Kumble in 32 Tests less than Kumble.

Overall, Ravichandran Ashwin became joint third in the list of bowlers who took 5 wickets in an innings most times in Test history. In this regard, he sits next to New Zealand’s Richard Hadley. Hadley bowled 150 innings of 86 Tests and took 5 wickets in 36 innings. Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan and Australia’s Shane Warne are ahead of Ashwin in the list of bowlers who have taken 5 wickets in an innings most times in Tests.

Muralitharan bowled 233 innings of 133 Tests and took 5 wickets in 67 innings. Warne bowled 273 innings of 145 Tests and took 5 wickets in 37 innings. Even if Muralitharan is far away, Ashwin can immediately overtake Shane Warne.

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: How many wickets did R. Ashwin take in the historic Dharamshala Test?

A1: Ravichandran Ashwin claimed a total of nine wickets in the fifth Test against England at Dharamshala—four in the first innings and five in the second.

Q2: What record did Ashwin break in this Test series?

A2: Ashwin surpassed Anil Kumble’s record for the most instances of taking five wickets in an innings in Test cricket, achieving the feat 36 times in his illustrious career.

Q3: Who held the previous record for Indian bowlers in taking five wickets in an innings most times in Tests?

A3: Anil Kumble previously held the record for Indian bowlers, but R. Ashwin overtook him in the second innings of the Dharamshala Test, setting a new benchmark.

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Conclusion:

Ravichandran Ashwin‘s remarkable journey in Test cricket reached new heights in his 100th Test, leaving fans and critics alike in awe of his unparalleled skills. As he continues to break records and redefine cricketing milestones, Ashwin’s legacy as one of the greatest spin bowlers in the history of the game is firmly cemented. The cricketing world eagerly awaits to see what more this spin maestro has in store for the future.

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