Ravichandran Ashwin scripts history, becomes India’s leading wicket-taker in Border-Gavaskar Trophy | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Star spinner Ravichandran Ashwin scripted history on Friday as he became India’s highest wicket-taker in the history of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia.
Ashwin achieved this feat during India’s fourth and final Test against Australia at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Ashwin has now taken 113 wickets at an average of 28.10 and an economy rate of 2.71 in 22 matches. His best bowling figures in an innings are 7/103.

Ashwin, ended up with a spell of 6/91, once again showed his wizardry on a pitch that hardly offered any help to spinners in Australia’s first innings.
He took the prized scalps of Travis Head (32), Cameron Green (114), Alex Carey (0), Mitchell Starc (6), Nathan Lyon (34) and Todd Murphy (41).

Lyon is the joint-highest wicket-taker in the history of the series, with 113 wickets. But he is in the second position as he has taken 26 matches to reach this number. His average is 31.92 and his economy rate is 3.09. His best bowling figures against India in Tests is 8/50.
Ashwin and Lyon are followed by Indian spin legends Anil Kumble (111) and Harbhajan Singh (95). Ravindra Jadeja is the fifth-highest wicket-taker in BGT history, with 85 wickets.
The top-ranked Test bowler Ashwin also clinched his 32nd five-wicket haul in Test cricket with the dismissal of Todd Murphy in the post tea session on the second day.


In the process, Ashwin went past legendary Anil Kumble’s record of 25 five-wicket hauls at home. The off spinner went on to take his sixth wicket in the form of Nathan Lyon as Australia bowled out for a massive 480 in their first innings.
This was also Ashwin’s 26th five-wicket haul in India, the most by any bowler in India. Overall, he has a total of 32 five-wicket hauls, which is the fifth-highest in the history of Test cricket.
The highest number of Test five-wicket hauls are taken by Sri Lankan spin wizard Mutthiah Muralitharan, who has a total of 67 five-wicket hauls in the longer format.
Ashwin is also the highest wicket-taker in the ongoing edition of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. He has taken a total of 24 wickets so far with the best figures of 6/91.
(With inputs from ANI)

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