Ashwin leaves behind all Indian batsmen with his latest record
Ravichandran Ashwin has been one of India’s top performers this year in Tests. In India’s last series against West Indies, he was the Man of the Series for his brilliant performance with both bat and the ball. Currently, number one all-rounder in the world, Ashwin’s latest achievement is a further proof that why he is so important for the Indian team in the longest format of the game.
So far India has played 4 Tests and the on-going Test against New Zealand is the fifth. Ashwin is currently India’s highest wicket-taker in Tests this year. the off-spinner has so far taken 17 wickets. He is followed by Mohammad Shami who has taken 11 wickets and then Ishant Sharma who has 8 wickets to his name.
But what will surprise the fans is the fact that Ashwin is also India’s highest run-getter this year in Test cricket. After scoring 40 runs in the first innings, Ashwin has taken his aggregate to 275 at an average of 55.00 in five innings which is the highest among the Indian batsmen in Tests this year. He is followed by KL Rahul who has scored 268 runs. Ajinkya Rahane is third on the list with 261 runs. Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who scored a double century in the first Test against West Indies, has failed to score big since then and has scored 260 runs so far.
Looking at Ashwin’s recent performances, one can say that if he keeps on playing like this , he can end India’s long wait for a quality all-rounder after Kapil Dev.
Meanwhile, the Indian team failed to make the first day of their 500th Test a memorable one. After winning the toss, Kohli decided to bat first and his top order batsmen justified his decision after scoring 105 for 1 in the first session. However, a dramatic collapse saw New Zealand gaining the upper hand. From 154 for 1 the Indian team finished the day on 291 for 9. Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay, who scored 62 and 65 respectively, were the only major contributors with the bat on a poor day for the Indian team.
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