You are here: Home » Sports » India England Series » News
Business Standard

R Ashwin's wickets per Test higher than Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh

If India off-spinner R Ashwin ends up playing 100 Test matches -- the current Test is his 76th -- he might end up with over 500 wickets and become India's second highest wicket-taker in Test cricket

Topics
Harbhajan Singh | Anil Kumble | R Ashwin

IANS  |  Chennai 

R ASHWIN, virat kohli, india cricket team

If India off-spinner ends up playing 100 Test matches -- the current Test is his 76th -- he might end up with over 500 wickets and become India's second highest wicket-taker in Test cricket behind leg-spinner And if the 34-year-old manages to play as many as 132 Tests that played, there is every likelihood that he would end up as the highest wicket-taker for India.

Check IND vs ENG 2nd Test Day 4 live score and match updates

At the moment, he is fourth in the list of top wicket-takers behind Kumble (619), Kapil Dev (434)and (417).

Ashwin picks wickets at over five a Test match which is much higher than Kumble's 4.68 and Harbhajan Singh's 3.95. Both Kumble (619) and Harbhajan (417) are India's two top wicket-takers but they both lag behind Ashwin when it comes to strike rate as well as average.

The current India off-spinner's strike rate of 53.6 and average of 25.27 is much better than those of Kumble (SR: 65.9; Avg: 29.65) and Harbhajan (SR: 68.5; Avg: 32.46).

There can be debate on the quality of batsmen or the pitches he has bowled on as compared to the other two with experts having differing views but the fact that he is going to be an all-time great bowler for India is never in doubt.

Ashwin already has 29 five-wicket hauls after taking two in the series so far. He is in line for a third five-wicket haul in the two Tests if he takes another four wickets in England's second innings.

Only among Indian spinners have more five-wicket hauls than him. Kumble has 35 five-wicket hauls.

Former India captain Gautam Gambhir called as India's greatest match-winner after Kumble.

"He always goes under the radar a little bit, because there are players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah. What he has done in Test cricket for India is unbelievable," said Gambhir on Star Sports.

One quality that marks Ashwin out from other spinners is that he loves bowling with the new ball. On Monday too, he was brought in early and took the wicket of Rory Burns who was looking good.

"A lot of finger spinners don't bowl well with the new ball. They want a little bit old ball which can actually grip and stuff, but R Ashwin; the kind of variation he has got, he undercuts the ball, he can take the ball away from you and he is brilliant against the left-handers as well as the right-handers," added Gambhir.

Ashwin is brilliant against left-handers. More than half of his wickets -- 201 out of 392 -- have been against left-handers.

--IANS

kh/qma

Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Tue, February 16 2021. 02:49 IST