As India will take on Bangladesh on February 9 at Hyderabad’s Rajiv gandhi International Stadium, spinning sensation Ravichandran Ashwin will have a chance to recreate history. Ashwin currently has 248 Test wickets from 44 Tests to his name and is only two scalps away from becoming the fastest bowler to reach 250 wickets in the format.
Given the number of left-hand batsman visitors have, the Chennai-born bowler will have a chance to get the world record to his name in the first innings itself. Ashwin had an outstanding year in 2016 wheer he picked up 72 wickets from just 12 matches to end up as the highest wicket-taker in the world and also helped India to remain throughout the year winning 9 of its 12 Tests.
The 30-year-old Rising Pune Supergiants player became the second quickest bowler to reach 200 Test wickets when he surpassed Pakistan’s Waqar Younis and Australia’s Denis Lillee last year September. Spin-friendly conditions at Hyderabad will also assist Ashwin where he has enjoyed fair share of success in the past. The off-spinner has picked 3 five-wicket hauls from the 4 innings he bowled at this ground.
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In the match, Ashwin and his spin twin Ravindra Jadeja will not only be competing against the opposition but also against each other for the top spot in the ICC Test rankings. Currently, R Ashwin is the number-one ranked bowler in the world but Jadeja is only 8 points behind him which gives him an outright chance to dethrone his teammate.
Other than taking 72 wickets in 2016, Ashwin also scored 612 runs in 14 innings at an impressive average of about 43.71 including 2 hundreds and four half-centuries. His heroics with the bat earned Ashwin the tag of an all-rounder and helped him win most number of Man of the Series awards (7) for India surpassing the record of 5 each by Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag.