Team India’s off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin equals a major record of South African fast bowler Dale Steyn in the third Test between India and Australia in Ranchi. On the fifth day of the Test, he got Glenn Maxwell out and achieved the record for most wickets in a home season. Ashwin and Dale Steyn now have the record of taking 78 wickets in one season. After taking just one more wicket, the off-spinner from Tamilnadu will break Steyn’s record of most wickets in a season. In the 2007-08 season, Steyn took 78 wickets at an average of 16.24 in 12 Tests.
Glenn McGrath, India’s Anil Kumble and legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev are behind Ashwin in the case of taking wickets in one season. McGrath had taken 66 wickets at an average of 20.36 in 12 Tests in 1998-99. Similarly, Anil Kumble took 64 wickets in 11 Tests at an average of 28.34 in 11 Tests. Kapil Dev had achieved 63 wickets in 13 matches with an incredible average of 20.25 in 1979-80.
Kapil’s record was broken in Pune.
Ashwin broke Kapil’s 37-year-old record during Pune Test and completed 64 wickets in this domestic season. With this, Kapil Dev’s record of 63 wickets was left behind.
Kapil had taken 63 wickets in 13 matches in 1979-80, while Ashwin managed to break this record in only ten matches.
Bowlers taking 250 wickets in the shortest matches.
During Test match against Bangladesh in this year, Ashwin had achieved the record of taking 250-wicket in the least number of matches. He had done this in his 45th Test. Before Ashwin, the record for reaching 250 wickets in the least number of Test was in Lilly’s name. He did this incredible deed in 48 Tests.
Likewise, South African fast bowler Dale Steyn had 49 Tests to reach 250 wickets. Alan Donald, another South African fast bowler, had a 250-wicket record in 50 Tests. Donald, who is well-known as ‘White Lightning’, has 330 Test wickets in his name.