Ravichandran Ashwin broke several records on the second day of the ongoing second Chennai Test between India and England at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai by taking a five-wicket haul.
The Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Sunday became the first bowler to dismiss 200 left-handed batsmen in Test cricket. He achieved the unique distinction on the second day as he helped India bundle out England for paltry 134.
Ravichandran Ashwin Registers 29th 5 Wicket Haul In Tests Equalling Glenn McGrath’s Tally
The 34-year-old further registered his 29th five-wicket haul in the longest format, equalling former Australian pacer Glenn McGrath’s tally on the all-time list. The duo occupies the joint-seventh spot in the list.
What a spell from R Ashwin!
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Former Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan holds the second spot on the list of bowlers, with most left-handed victims in Tests. Muttiah Muralitharan has accounted for 191 dismissals.
England pacer James Anderson is placed third on the list, having taken 190 such wickets so far. Legendary Australian cricketers Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath occupy the fourth and fifth spot on the list, with 172 dismissals apiece.
The top spinner picked a five-wicket haul to go past James Anderson’s record of fourth highest five-wicket hauls at home. The 34-year-old took the wicket of Stuart Broad to claim his 23rd five-wicket haul. OnlyMuttiah Muralitharan (45), Rangana Herath (26), and Anil Kumble (25) are ahead of the spinner.
He is only nine wickets away to claim 400 Test wickets for Indians in the longest format to join the elite club with Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, and Kapil Dev.
Ravichandran Ashwin Surpassed Harbhajan Singh By Taking 268 Wickets At Home
Ravichandran Ashwin further surpassed fellow former spinner, Harbhajan Singh, on the list of bowlers who have registered the highest dismissals in Test cricket in India. The 34-year-old who has taken 268 wickets at home now jumped to the second spot on the list, pushing Harbhajan Singh who has accounted for 265 dismissals in 55 matches to the third spot.
Anil Kumble leads the list still, having claimed 350 scalps in India. The second Test between India and England is being held at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The opening Test between the two nations was also held at the same venue, with the visitors emerging victorious by a sizeable margin of 227 runs.