It did come as a surprise to many but the truth is that Ravichandran Ashwin has been pick of the Indian bowlers so far in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar trophy. He has been performing consistently and taking wickets in regular intervals to provide the much needed breakthroughs even in these difficult conditions.
The conditions in Australia have never been too supportive to the spinners but with his amazing variations and solid line and lengths, Ashwin has been able to silence his critiques quite well.
On his way to becoming one of the most successful off-spinners to have ever played for India, Ashwin has achieved yet another milestone.
The off-spinner surpassed legend Muttiah Muralitharan on Tuesday to become the bowler to dismiss the highest number of left-handers in Test cricket.
Ashwin achieved this feat after he took Josh Hazlewood’s wicket in Australia’s second innings at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. He has now dismissed 192 left-handers – one more than the previous best, 191 by Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan.
Ravichandran Ashwin now has as many as 375 Test wickets to his name at an average of 25.22 from 73 Test matches. He picked up two wickets in Australia’s second innings and three in the first in the recently concluded Melbourne Test.
Ravichandran Ashwin : The Spin Wizard
No other bowler has been able to match Ashwin’s level of dominance when it comes to the lomger format of the game. He has just been mind blowing.
He has taken 254 Test wickets at home at 22.80 from 43 Tests. He also has 121 wickets away from home at 30.30 from 30 Tests under his belt.
Ash is the third-highest wicket-taker for India among the spinners in Tests. He is only behind legends Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble, who have 417 and 619 wickets to their name respectively.