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Left-handers' kryptonite - R Ashwin joins Club 400

Left-handers' kryptonite - R Ashwin joins Club 400

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Ashwin holds the Indian record for the fastest, in terms of number of Tests, to milestones of 100 wickets, 200 wickets, and 300 wickets. © BCCI

When he trapped Jofra Archer in front of the wicket of the second ball of the 24th over in England's second dig, Ravichandran Ashwin reached the esteemed milestone of 400 Test wickets, becoming the 16th player to do so.

Here's a look into his fantastic decade-long journey in numbers.

77 Tests taken by Ashwin to the 400-wicket milestone - the second quickest among all bowers apart from Muttiah Muralitharan who reached there in five fewer Tests. Overall, Ashwin is the 16th bowler to reach the landmark and fourth Indian after Kapil Dev, Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh.

Ashwin also holds the Indian record for the fastest, in terms of number of Tests, to milestones of 100 wickets (18), 200 wickets (37) as well as 300 wickets (54).

Fewest Tests to 400 wickets

Player Tests Team Avg SR Days from debut
M Muralitharan 72 SL 23.71 60.2 3428
R Ashwin 77 Ind 24.95 53.0 3400
Richard Hadlee 80 NZ 22.12 50.8 6212
Dale Steyn 80 SA 22.49 41.6 3878
Rangana Herath 84 SL 27.82 59.6 6586
Anil Kumble 85 Ind 28.40 67.2 5173
Glenn McGrath 87 Aus 21.65 51.4 3266

* Average and SR calculated at end of the innings in which milestone was reached

21242 - Balls bowled by Ashwin to reach the 400-wicket landmark - the quickest among the six spinners surpassing Rangana Herath's previous best of 23835 balls. Even if you take the fast bowlers into account, only four have reached the milestone in fewer deliveries than him - Dale Steyn, Richard Hadlee, Glenn McGrath and Wasim Akram.

22.19 - Ashwin's average in 46 Tests at home (278 wickets). Among spinners with 150-plus wickets in home Tests, only Muralitharan (19.56) and Ravindra Jadeja (21.06) have a higher average than Ashwin. In these 46 Tests, Ashwin has picked 23 five-wicket hauls - one every second Test - only behind that of Muralitharan (45), Herath (26) and Kumble (25).

Best average among spinners in home Tests (150-plus wickets)

Player Mat Wkts Avg SR 5-fers 10-fers
M Muralitharan 73 493 19.56 50.8 45 15
Ravindra Jadeja 33 157 21.06 56.1 7 1
R Ashwin 46 278 22.19 48.3 23 6
Rangana Herath 49 278 23.65 51.3 26 7
Anil Kumble 63 350 24.88 59.4 25 7
Shane Warne 69 319 26.39 60.8 15 4
Abdul Qadir 40 168 26.82 62.2 12 4

 

29.97 - Ashwin's average in Tests outside Asia since the start of 2018 - a period in which is widely considered as the renaissance of fast bowling. Among those spinners with at least 150 overs bowled outside Asia in this period, only Ravindra Jadeja has a better average (27.31) than Ashwin.

205 - Left-handed victims for Ashwin among his tally of 401 wickets, 14 more than Muralitharan's aggregate of 191 southpaws among his 800 scalps. Southpaws constitute 51.1% of Ashwin's wickets - among the 79 bowlers with 200-plus Test wickets no other bowler has a higher share of left-handers.

Highest share of LHB (200+ wickets)

Bowler Wkts LHB LHB %
R Ashwin 401 205 51.1%
Graeme Swann 255 121 47.5%
Trent Boult 281 122 43.4%
Zaheer Khan 311 133 42.8%
Kemar Roach 205 82 40.0%
Morne Morkel 309 121 39.2%
Yasir Shah 235 89 37.9%
Nathan Lyon 399 147 36.8%

 

11 - Number of times Ashwin got the better of Ben Stokes - the most he has dismissed an opposition batsman. Stokes is followed by David Warner (10), Alastair Cook (9), Ed Cowan (7) and James Anderson (7). Of the 12 batsmen Ashwin has dismissed six times of more, ten of them are left-handers. Among right-handers, his most frequent victims include Steven Smith and Marlon Samuels six times each.

82 - Wickets taken by Ashwin in 13 Tests in the 2016-17 season - the most by any bowler in a season in Test cricket. He averaged 25.28 in 13 home Tests in 2016-17 taking seven five-fers and three ten-wicket hauls, including his best innings figures of 7/59 and best match figures of 13/140.

134 - Wickets taken by Ashwin when he has opened the bowling in an innings, at an average of 19.51 and he strikes once every 40.8 balls. Since his debut in November 2011, only nine bowlers have taken more wickets while taking the new ball and none of them are spinners and none have a better average or strike rate than Ashwin. In the first 15 overs with the new ball, Ashwin averages 21.67 and has a strike rate of 46.7.

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