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IND vs ENG: Ravi Ashwin becomes first Indian bowler to take 100 wickets against England in test cricket

Published at :February 23, 2024 at 1:49 PM
Modified at :February 23, 2024 at 1:49 PM
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Utkarsh Rathour


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Ravi Ashwin is India’s second highest wicket-taker in test cricket.

Veteran off-spinner Ravi Ashwin etched his name in the history books yet again, becoming the first Indian bowler to claim 100 wickets against England in test cricket. The off-spinner achieved this remarkable feat on day 1 of the ongoing fourth test match at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi.

The 37-year-old off-spinner achieved this remarkable feat when he picked up Jonny Bairstow’s wicket in the first session’s play on day 1 of the ongoing Ranchi test. Coming around the stumps, senior off-spinner Ravi Ashwin trapped England’s Jonny Bairstow LBW and became the first Indian bowler to claim 100 wickets against the Three Lions in the longest format of the game.

The 37-year-old Ravi Ashwin is only the second bowler after England’s veteran pacer James Anderson to take 100 or more wickets in test games between India and England. So far, James Anderson has picked up 145* wickets in 38 test matches against India.

Among active test bowlers, except Ravi Ashwin, only Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon has taken 100 or more wickets against the English side. The legendary leg spinner Shane Warne holds the record for most wickets taken against England in tests with 195 wickets in 72 innings.

During the Rajkot test match, Ashwin also made history by becoming the second Indian bowler after legendary Anil Kumble to pick 500 or more wickets in test cricket.

Most wickets for India against England in test

1) Ravi Ashwin – 100 wickets* in 43 innings

2) BS Chandrasekhar – 95 wickets in 38 innings

3) Anil Kumble – 92 wickets in 36 innings

4) Bishan Singh Bedi – 85 wickets in 36 innings

5) Kapil Dev – 85 wickets in 48 innings

Talking about the game, England are currently on the backfoot as they have lost five wickets before lunch itself for 112. Debutant Akash Deep first dismantled the visitors batting line-up by picking up three wickets (Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope, and Zak Crawley) and then Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja picked up one wicket each in quick time to put England on the backfoot.

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