IND vs ENG, 2nd Test: Ravichandran Ashwin becomes first bowler to reject 200 left-handers in tests

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IND vs ENG, 2nd Test: Ravichandran Ashwin recorded his 29th shot of five wickets in Test cricket on Day 2.© Twitter


Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Sunday became the first bowler to fire 200 left-handed hitters in Test cricket. Ashwin took the unique award on day 2 of the second test between India and England. The 34-year-old went on to record his 29th five-wicket draw in Test cricket, equaling former Australian pacer Glenn McGrath’s number on the all-time list. Ashwin and McGrath are joint seventh on the list. “What a spell from R Ashwin! He claimed his 29th Test five-wicket draw – the joint seventh in the all-time list with Glenn McGrath,” the caption read on a tweet from ICC’s official account, confirming the achievement recognized.

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Former Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan ranks second on the list of bowlers, with the most left-handed casualties in Tests. Muralitharan was responsible for 191 layoffs. English pacemaker James Anderson is third on the list, having hit 190 such wickets so far.

Legendary Australian cricketers Shane Warne and McGrath were fourth and fifth on the list, with 172 fired each.

Ashwin further surpassed fellow spinner Harbhajan Singh on the list of bowlers who have recorded the highest layoffs in Test cricket in India. The 34-year-old – who has now taken 268 wickets – jumped to second place on the list, pushing Harbhajan, who was responsible for 265 layoffs in 55 games, to third place.

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Anil Kumble still tops the list of 350 scalps in India.

The second test between India and England will be held at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The opening test between the two countries was similarly held at the same venue, with the visitors coming out victorious by a significant margin of 227 runs.

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