Know the Records of R. Ashwin Before His 100 Tests

R Ashwin.
R Ashwin.

In the picturesque setting of Dharamshala, the cricketing world eagerly awaits the landmark moment for R. Ashwin. The seasoned Indian spinner gears up to mark his 100th Test appearance. As the stage is set for this monumental encounter between India and England, let’s embark on a journey through the annals of Test cricket to unravel the five remarkable records etched by the maestro, fondly known as R. Ashwin. From Player of the Series accolades to his prowess as an all-rounder, Ashwin’s cricketing journey is a tapestry woven with brilliance, consistency, and an unwavering passion for the game.

Most Player of the Series Awards in Test Cricket

R. Ashwin’s illustrious career spanning approximately 13 years boasts a remarkable feat – he has clinched the Player of the Series award 11 times in 41 series, a record unmatched by any Indian player. Virender Sehwag trails behind with five awards in India, while Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan shares the same accolade count. However, Ashwin stands at the brink of surpassing Muralitharan, adding another feather to his cap. Notably, he has also secured nine Player of the Match awards in 99 Tests, securing the fourth spot among Indian players. Virat Kohli, Anil Kumble, and Ravindra Jadeja share the second position with 10 Player of the Match awards each.

Highest Five-Wicket and 10-Wicket Hauls for India

Contrary to his spin counterparts, R. Ashwin has not relied heavily on five-wicket hauls, setting a different trend. In the ongoing series against England, his performance in the first three matches flew somewhat under the radar. However, he played a pivotal role in India’s triumph in the fourth Test at Ranchi, securing a five-wicket haul – his 35th in a stellar career. This achievement places him on par with Anil Kumble for the most five-wicket hauls by an Indian player. Ashwin further boasts eight 10-wicket hauls, tying him for the fifth spot globally alongside Kumble.

Fastest 250, 300, 350 Wickets

R. Ashwin’s brilliance extends to holding the record for the fastest Indian bowler (in terms of innings) to reach milestones – 250, 300, and 350 wickets in Tests. His consistency places him on an elite list, showcasing his unparalleled skill and determination.

Most 50+ Wickets in a Calendar Year by R. Ashwin

R. Ashwin’s prowess shines brightest in his ability to claim 50 or more wickets in a calendar year, achieving this feat on four occasions. His record-breaking performances include 54 wickets in 2021, 56 wickets in 2017, 72 wickets in 2016, and 62 wickets in 2015 – a testament to his consistency and dominance. This is the highest among Indian bowlers and the fifth-best in the world. He is preceded by Shane Warne (7), Murlithorn (6), Glenn McGrath (5), and Rangana Herath (4).

R. Ashwin the All-Rounder: Century and Five-Wicket Haul

R. Ashwin’s cricketing prowess extends beyond his spin bowling mastery – he has etched his name in history by achieving a century and a five-wicket haul in a Test match three times. In 2011 he scored 103 runs against West Indies in Mumbai and took 5 wickets with 156 runs. He took 7 wickets with 113 runs and 83 runs against West Indies in Antigua in 2016. Scored 106 runs against England in Chennai in 2021 and took 5 wickets for 43 runs. England legend Ian Botham is the only player in world cricket to have done this four times in his career. Ashwin has a chance to touch Botham this time.

FAQ Before R. Ashwin 100 Test Match

Q: How many Player of the Series awards has Ashwin won against England?

A: R. Ashwin has clinched the Player of the Series award 11 times in 41 series, a record unmatched by any Indian player.

Q: How many 10-wicket hauls does R. Ashwin have?

A: As of now, Ashwin has notched up one 10-wicket haul in his illustrious career. He is tying him for the fifth spot globally alongside Kumble

Q: How many matches did it take for Ashwin to reach 250 wickets?

A: R. Ashwin has achieved the milestone of 250 wickets in a swift 45 Test matches, setting a record as the fastest bowler to reach this landmark.

Q: Which bowler has the highest number of 50+ wickets in a calendar year?

A: Shane Warne holds the record for the highest number of wickets in a calendar year with seven instances.

Q. How many times has Ian Botham achieved a century and five-wicket haul in a Test match?

A: Ian Botham achieved this exceptional feat four times in his illustrious career.

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As R. Ashwin steps onto the field for his 100th Test, he solidifies his legacy as one of the greatest spinners in the history of Test cricket. His records and achievements stand as a testament to his skill, consistency, and undying passion for the game.

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