Bangalore, Aug 27: The tall off-spinner from Tamil Nadu, Ravichandran Ashwin who created an impact right from his debut is currently India's first choice as he has cemented his berth in all formats of the game.
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Playing his seventh Test, R Ashwin has created wonders, as he had claimed 4 five-wicket hauls in an innings, and a 10 wicket haul in a Test match.
His 6/31 and 6/54 against New Zealand in the first Test, just proved that he is a wonderful bowler and registered his best bowling figures in a Test match to help India win the first Test by an innings and 115 runs.
Having recorded 12/85 in the Test match, Ravichandran Ashwin was awarded the man of the match award for his splendid performance, which was also his third man of the match award in 7 Tests.
Ashwin's superb tally of 43 wickets at an average of 26.83 including four instances of five wickets or more in an innings, in first seven Tests is an Indian record.
Ashwin surpassed Narendra Hirwani's record, who had bagged 42 wickets at an average of 20.71 in his first seven Tests.
Moreover, Ashwin (6/31 & 6/54) is also an Indian record, as no other bowler has recorded five or more wickets in each innings against New Zealand in Tests.
The spinner's tally of 12 wickets in a match was the best by any Indian bowler in Tests against New Zealand, as he bettered the record held by Venkataraghavan (12/152) at Kotla in 1964-65.
Ashwin's performance in India has been excellent as he hs taken 34 wickets off just 4 Tests, at an average of 17.32.
While the other two bowlers who have doen this in the past (to take ten wickets in a Test match against New Zealand) include Erapalli Prasanna (11/140 at Auckland in 1975-76) and Anil Kumble (10/134 at Kanpur in 1999-00).
However, Courtney Walsh is the only bowler who had performed better than Ashwin in a Test match against New Zealand as he had figures of 13 for 55 in the 1994-95 Wellington Test.
Interestingly, spinners took 18 wickets in the first Test against New Zealand, and it was the third time spinners had achieved that feat as the first two occasions being in Nagpur, 1969-70 and Mumbai, 1976-77. While Indian spinners had claimed all twenty wickets for the first time against New Zealand at Auckland in the year 1975-76.