IND vs NZ 2021: An engineer turned cricketer, Ravichandran Ashwin has been the most successful test bowler for team India in red-ball cricket in the past decade after previous era greats like Anil Kumble or Harbhajan Singh.
With 413 wickets in 80 Tests at an average of 24.56 which includes 30 five-wicket hauls and 7 ten-wicket hauls, Ashwin has been the fourth-highest wicket-taker in Indian Cricket history behind Harbhajan Singh, Anil Kumble, and Kapil Dev. Because Ashwin achieved all these numbers in the batting-friendly era of cricket or he had been sidelined for most of his Test career in the Virat Kohli-Ravi Shastri era.
Ashwin is the fastest to reach 50, 100, 200, 250, 300, 350, and 400 wickets barrier in test cricket considering his test innings according to the others. Even during the England series, the spinner was sidelined by the team management and captain for having better options ahead of him.
Since his return to limited-overs fixtures under Rahul Dravid’s period as head coach, he has impressed with the ball against New Zealand earlier in the T20 series. Backing his experience bowler the spinner received the call to represent the side in test cricket under the captaincy of Ajinkya Rahane and head coach Rahul Dravid.
IND vs NZ 2021: Ashwin inches close for another record in test cricket
Currently, Ashwin is the fourth-highest wicket-taker for team India in test cricket with 413 wickets in 80 tests. Ahead of Ashwin are Harbhajan Singh (417), Kapil Dev (434), and Anil Kumble (619) wickets. The experienced spinner has the chance to equal the record of the most number of a 10-wicket haul for team India in red-ball cricket.
Anil Kumble (10) holds the record of most number of 10-wicket hauls in test cricket where Ashwin (9) with a 10-wicket haul has the chance to surpass the legendary Anil Kumble benchmark in the first test against New Zealand at Kanpur.
IND vs NZ 2021: Day 1 of Kanpur Test match
In the absence of Virat Kohli, team India has appointed Ajinkya Rahane as the captain of the team who has won the toss earlier and decided to bat first against New Zealand (visitors). Winning the toss Rahane believes the youngsters are excited to be the part of campaign under the head coach Rahul Dravid.
“Looking to bat first. Pitch looks really good. Generally slows down later on here. It’s an opportunity for all of us here to do well here and in Mumbai. Few of the senior guys are missing. So it’s an opportunity for the youngsters. Shreyas is making his debut. We are all excited to play under the new coaching staff. I personally enjoy playing under Rahul bhai. New Zealand are a quality side. 3 spinners, 2 seamers (on bowling combination),” Rahane narrated at the toss.
Facts about greatest Indian spinners of all time
Anil Kumble has remains one of the greatest spinners ever produced in Indian Cricket history and the greatest match-winners according to Gautam Gambhir. Anil Kumble has also held the record of picking up 10 wickets in the single innings of the test match against the Pakistani.
But way before Anil Kumble, there were the torch bearers Erapalli Prasanna and BS Chandrashekhar who had taken the team India image to the world cricket map and established Indian presence in the invincible era of the West Indies cricket team of the 1960s to 1970s.
BS Chander Shekhar had taken 242 wickets in 58 Tests at an average of 29.74, followed by Erapalli Prasanna who had taken 189 wickets in 49 Tests at an average of 30.38.
Legendary duo Erapalli Prasanna and BS Chandrashekhar had taken over 900 plus wickets in 230 plus first-class matches during their career respectively.