Anil Kumble Says ‘Wonderful to See Ashwin Right Up There’ After Off-spinner Equals His Record


Last Updated: February 26, 2024, 07:33 IST

IND vs ENG: India's Ravichanran Ashwin (AP)

IND vs ENG: India’s Ravichanran Ashwin (AP)

Ravichanran Ashwin became the highest wicket-taker at home for India and now has 354 wickets from 59 Tests at home, overtaking Anil Kumble’s tally of 350 from 63 matches.

Former cricketer and chief coach Anil Kumble lauded Ravichandran Ashwin as the off-spinner equalled his record for most five-wicket hauls by an Indian, following his stunning spell in the second innings of the fourth Test against England, in Ranchi on Sunday.

Ashwin claimed 5-51 in England’s second innings in the fourth Test and joined Kumble on 35 five-fors in Tests. Ashwin’s spell also put India in a commanding position in the match after they bowled out England for 145.

“It is wonderful to see Ashwin right up there and I’m sure he will go beyond that. He still has a lot of matches to play for India. That’s why I also say that when someone has had that kind of a start to his Test career, the expectations are higher,” Kumble told JioCinema.

“When he doesn’t pick up fifers in two innings or two Test matches, people suddenly talk about his form, action, about why he is changing this and that. But that is all noise, which you need to keep away, and champion bowlers do that. Ashwin has certainly done that in this innings where India needed him most.”

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During the second innings, Ashwin finally delivered his best performance of the series after not being among the wickets in the earlier matches in the series.

He took 5-51 in 15.5 overs, getting wickets of Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Ben Foakes and James Anderson.

The spinner from Tamil Nadu stands tied fourth in the list of most five-wicket hauls only behind some iconic names such as magical Sri Lankan spinner ​Muttiah Muralitharan, who has an incredible 67 fifers in 133 Tests.

Australian great Shane Warne stands a distant second with 37 five-wicket hauls from his 145 Tests. New Zealand legend Richard Hadlee comes in third with 36 fifers from 86 games, followed by Ashwin and Kumble.

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India walked off at the stumps on day three, having chiselled off 40 runs from the 192-run target without losing a wicket.

(With inputs from Agencies)



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