India off-spinner Ravichandra Ashwin is on the cusp of reaching one more in Test cricket. With India set to tackle New Zealand within the first Test of the two-match Test sequence, ranging from Thursday, November 25 in Kanpur, Ashwin might pip Harbhajan Singh as India’s third-highest wicket-taker within the longest format of the sport. He is simply 5 wickets shy of surpassing Harbhajan within the elite checklist. Harbhajan, with 417 wickets, is India’s third highest wicket-taker behind Anil Kumble (632) and Kapil Dev (434), respectively.
Meanwhile, Ashwin, with 413 wickets, is India’s fourth-highest wicket-taker within the longest format of the sport. Ashwin enjoys an ideal file on dwelling soil, and is more likely to surpass Harbhajan within the checklist.
Also, Ashwin wants yet one more 10-wicket-haul to equal Anil Kumble’s file of most 10-fers by an Indian bowler. He has seven 10-wickets haul within the longest format in comparison with Kumble’s 8. Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan leads the checklist with 22 10-wicket hauls in Test cricket.
India have performed 60 Tests with New Zealand having received 21 occasions, shedding 13 and 26 clashes have been drawn. India even have a superb file in opposition to the Kiwis, having received every of the final three Test sequence on dwelling soil.
This would be the first assembly between the 2 sides in Test cricket for the reason that World Test Championship (WTC) closing in June 2021, which New Zealand received by 8 wickets on the Ageas Bowl Stadium in Southampton.
After white-washing the Kiwis within the three-match T20I sequence, the India crew, underneath the steering of recent head coach Rahul Dravid, will goal to clinch the Test sequence too.
India, nevertheless, will miss the companies of normal skipper Virat Kohli, who won’t function within the first Test. Ajinkya Rahane will lead the crew within the absence of Kohli, who will return to the crew for the second Test in Mumbai.
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