” Ravichandran Ashwin Rewrites Records….” !!!

Ravichandran Ashwin Rewrites Records in Nagpur Test Against South Africa

Ravichandran Ashwin picked up his 15th five-wicket haul and his fourth ten-wicket haul in just his 31st Test to help India clinch a series win over South Africa after 11 years.

Ravichandran Ashwin is currently the leading wicket-taker in 2015 with 55 wickets in just eight Tests so far.

Ravichandran Ashwin created several records during India’s magnificent victory in Nagpur against South Africa. His magnificent haul of 12/98 helped India achieve their first series win against South Africa after 11 years and it also ended the Proteas’ nine-year unbeaten series run overseas. Here is a look at other statistical achievements by Ashwin in the Nagpur Test. (Ravichandran Ashwin is the World’s Best Spinner: Sunil Gavaskar)

– Ashwin became the seventh Indian bowler to take more than 50 Test wickets in the calendar year. Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble have taken 50 wickets in a year three times. (No Excuses Please, India Say After South Africa Thrashing)

– Ashwin went past 50 wickets in only his eighth Test this year. This is the fastest ever by an Indian spinner in Tests, breaking the mark of nine Tests set by Vinoo Mankad in 1952. (Ashwin is Becoming World’s Envy)

– Ashwin became the first Indian bowler after seven years to take 50 wickets in the year. Harbhajan was the last Indian bowler to go past this landmark in 2008.

– He is also the fourth Indian bowler after Subhash Gupte, Harbhajan and Kumble to take six five-wicket hauls in a single year. Gupte achieved this feat in 1955 while Harbhajan and Kumble did it in 2001 and 2004 respectively.

– Ashwin is the 22nd bowler overall to take six five-wicket hauls in the calendar year. Overall, the bowlers who have the most five-wicket hauls in a year are Malcolm Marshall and Muttiah Muralitharan with nine hauls.

– The Tamil Nadu offspinner does wonders as an opener. He is only the third bowler in Test history to take eight five-wicket hauls while opening the bowling. The other two bowlers are England’s Colin Blythe and Australia’s Hugh Trumble.

-With Inputs from HR Gopala Krishna-



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