Ravichandran Ashwin is on the verge of several milestones ahead of the Mumbai test
Ravichandran Ashwin has reached that stage of his career when he breaks a record or another, every time he steps on the field. In the first test against Kanpur in New Zealand, Ashwin took 6 wickets to overtake Harbhajan Singh to become India’s third largest player in the longest format. Ahead of the Mumbai test, which begins on Friday, the spinner off is on the verge of several landmarks. Ashwin is currently the biggest common test cricketer in 2021, along with Shaheen Shah Afridi of Pakistan. Both melons have so far taken 44 doors.
Ashwin needs only 6 wickets to complete 50 wickets in the calendar year, a performance he has achieved three times before, in 2015, 2016 and 2017. If Ashwin raises 50 wickets in this year, it would surpass two former Indian spinners.
Ashwin is currently tied with Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble, as all three have taken 50 wickets in a calendar year three times. If Ashwin receives the six wickets in Mumbai, it will be the fourth time he has completed this magnificent performance.
Given the way Ashwin is, it looks like he would choose the six wickets in Mumbai and will advance both Harbhajan and Kumble.
Kapil Dev has completed the feat twice in his career.
Wankhede Stadium was a happy hunting ground for the spinner, and another wicket at the venue will make it Ashwin’s most successful venue in the world.
Ashwin has so far taken 30 test wickets each to Mumbai and his home ground, MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
With so many stages waiting for Ashwin, Indian cricket fans would expect an extraordinary performance from him, which could see the team win the series against New Zealand.
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