Ravichandran Ashwin has picked up the most wickets for India against New Zealand in test cricket.
Ashwin shines again
Ravichandran Ashwin has now leapfrogged Harbhajan Singh to become the third highest wicket taker for India in red ball cricket, only behind Anil Kumble and Kapil Dev.
In the recently concluded two match series between India and New Zealand, right after the 2021 T20 World Cup, Ravichandran Ashwin was once again the highest wicket taker for India, picking up 14 wickets from the four innings of two test matches at an average of 11.36.
He bowled 618 balls from his 103 overs and also picked up two 4 wicket hauls while conceding only 159 runs.
This is what the legendary spinner had to say after he went past Harbhajan Singh to become the third highest wicket taker for India during the New Zealand series.
“These are milestones that are constantly kept on tab, it’s wonderful. Ever since Rahul bhai has taken over, he’s kept saying that how many ever wickets you take, how many ever runs you make in 10 years time, you won’t remember them. It’s the memories that matter so I want to have some special memories going forward in the next 3-4 years. Anytime pitches are being spoken about and I am asked a question, it turns into a controversy. So, I’ll try and keep a tab on that.”
“Getting down to the last session, last mandatory over, I think it’s played its part, some wonderful Test cricket. The young boy, Ravindra, batted beautifully, showed great composure, Ajaz Patel with his defence. It just tells you a story. Everybody hangs in there, everybody can defend well these days, so it’s not as easy as it used to be once upon a time getting these tail-enders out. Great day of Test cricket, I hope people who watched it enjoyed it.”
Bedi, Chandrashekhar to follow
Bishan Singh Bedi is next in line among Indian bowlers to pick up the most wickets against New Zealand in test cricket. Bedi has 57 wickets from 12 test matches at an average of under 20 and an economy rate of 1.68.
Chandrashekhar also has 55 wickets from 10 test matches at an average of 20.12. Anil Kumble is next in the queue, being the fourth Indian bowler to have 50 wickets or more against New Zealand in test cricket.