Mumbai: Ravichandran Ashwin continues to break barriers and records. That trend continued when he picked up the wicket of Ben Stokes for his 23rd five-for in Test cricket in what have been an incredible two years for the off-spinner. With his 23rd five wicket haul, Ashwin equaled the record of Kapil Dev who played 131 Test matches as against Ashwin’s 43 Tests.
In the 97th over of the innings against England in the fourth Test at the Wankhede Stadium, Ashwin eked out an edge off Stokes in what was a contentious decision despite the deployment of the DRS. After the umpire gave the England batsman not out for a catch at first slip, the Indian team opted to go for a review.
The review suggested there was an edge but at the same time, there was also the bat hitting the ground which could have produced the sound. However, third umpire remained happy that it was conclusive evidence of a nick and a take by Virat Kohli at first slip after Parthiv Patel failed to hold on and clipped it to the slip fielder.
The decision left Stokes visibly unhappy and he possibly believed that the bat had hit the ground first rather than the edge of the bat. Next up for Ashwin in the list to chase are Anil Kumble – current India coach – who has 35 five-fors and Harbhajan Singh who is relatively closer at 23.
To highlight Ashwin’s meteoric rise, he has picked up seven five-fors in 2016 and 14 in the last two years. Another name to feature with 14 five fors in a two year period is that of Muttiah Muralitharan.