Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

World No.1 Test bowler Ravichandran Ashwin has added a couple of more feathers to his cap. The veteran off-spinner has surpassed the legendary Anil Kumble’s record for the most five-wicket-hauls by an India bowler at home. While former India captain Kumble has picked 25 five-wicket hauls at home, Ashwin has so far picked 26 five –wicket hauls on Indian soil.

Ashwin achieved the feat while playing his 55th Test at home (92nd overall). He is eight matches quicker than Kumble, who took 63 Tests for the 25 five-wicket hauls at home.

With hosts India struggling and going wicketless for 60 overs against Australia, Ashwin staged a stunning comeback by picking up a five-wicket-haul. The veteran off-spinner dismissed Cameron Green, Alex Carey and Mitchell Starc in a span of five overs to reduce Australia to 409/7 at tea. After the session, he sent back Todd Murphy to bag his 32nd fifer in Tests. He then wiped out Australia’s innings as he picked up his sixth wicket by dismissing Nathan Lyon caught by Virat Kohli in slip. 

Notably, this is Ashwin’s second five-wicket-haul of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Series.