Ravichandran Ashwin’s quiet march to 500 Test wickets

By Sports Desk February 16, 2024

Ravichandran Ashwin took his 500th Test wicket for India in the third match of the series against England.

Ashwin dismissed Zak Crawley for 15 in the first innings and here, the PA news agency looks at the 37-year-old’s impressive record.

Landmark wicket

Ashwin has reached 500 in his 98th Test since making his debut in 2011 – a relatively late starter aged 25, having made his limited-overs bow the previous year.

His wickets have come at an average of 23.95, with 34 five-wicket hauls including a best of seven for 59 against New Zealand in October 2016 as he also picked up his best match figures of 13 for 140.

He has 114 wickets against Australia and 98 against England though in terms of favourite opponents, his 66 wickets at an average of 15.44 against New Zealand or 75 at 20.48 against the West Indies may take the honours.

England captain Ben Stokes is his most regular victim with 12 dismissals, one more than Australia’s David Warner. He has 277 wickets caught, including 46 by the wicketkeeper, 110 lbw, 100 bowled and 13 stumped.

Quiet dominance

Ashwin has rarely been the headline name in the India team but his key role in their bowling attack makes remarkable reading.

In the 98 Tests he has played, India have taken 1,655 wickets – meaning Ashwin has been responsible for over 30 per cent of them.

He has more wickets than the second- and third-leading wicket-takers in those matches combined – fellow spinner Ravindra Jadeja on 231 and seamer Mohammed Shami on 161 – more five-wicket innings than the next six combined and 10-wicket matches (eight) than all other India bowlers in those games (five).

With 3,308 runs at a batting average of 26.67 for good measure, Ashwin has been invaluable to India for over a decade without necessarily claiming the spotlight.

500 club

Ashwin is the ninth man to take 500 Test wickets and only the second after Muttiah Muralitharan to get there in fewer than 100 Tests.

Former Sri Lanka spinner Muralitharan took just 89 Tests to reach 500 and ended his career with a record 800 wickets at an average of 22.72 in 133 Tests, one of which was played for a World XI in 2005 and contributed five to his wicket tally.

His total stands 92 clear of the late Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne in second, with England’s James Anderson the leading active player on 696.

Anil Kumble, Ashwin’s predecessor in the India spin ranks, took 619 with Anderson’s long-time new-ball partner Stuart Broad the final member of the 600 club on 604.

Glenn McGrath took 563 for Australia and Courtney Walsh 519 for the West Indies, with Australia spinner Nathan Lyon two behind Walsh.

After Ashwin there will not be another addition to the 500 club for some years to come. New Zealand seamer Tim Southee is the next active player on a distant 376, and aged 35, while time is also against Australia’s Mitchell Starc (353). South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada is younger at 28 but has yet to take 300 wickets.

Related items

  • Eight centuries, six five-wicket hauls recorded in round six of West Indies Championship Eight centuries, six five-wicket hauls recorded in round six of West Indies Championship

    Big scores and wickets were the name of the game as both batsmen and bowlers thrived in round six of the 2024 West Indies Championship.

    Across the four matches played from April 10-13 last week, eight centuries were scored and six five-wicket hauls were recorded.

    The biggest knock came during the game between the Trinidad & Tobago Red Force and Combined Campuses & Colleges at the Sir Frank Worrell Memorial Ground where Amir Jangoo belted the CCC bowling all over the place on the way to a wonderful 218.

    His knock, his first century in first-class cricket, came off 238 balls and included 15 fours and 10 sixes.

    In that very same innings, 37-year-old Jason Mohammed recorded his 13th hundred in first-class cricket with 157 off 228 balls including 22 fours.

    The game between the Barbados Pride and the Leeward Islands Hurricanes at the Queen’s Park Oval saw the teams combine for four centuries between them.

    West Indies Test Captain Kraigg Brathwaite scored the biggest of the match with a marathon 400-ball 189 including 17 fours.

    His opening partner Zachary McCaskie, who was a member of the most recent West Indies Test squad on their tour to Australia, hit 12 fours and two sixes on the way to 101 off 148 balls and shared in a 171-run first wicket partnership with his skipper in the first innings.

    All-rounder Roston Chase was the third Bajan centurion of the game with an attacking 87-ball 127 including nine fours and seven sixes.

    West Indies ODI team member Keacy Carty got the Hurricanes’ lone century in the game with 127 off 233 balls including 12 fours. Carty now has three first-class centuries to his name.

    Kemol Savory and Captain Tevin Imlach both brought up centuries for the Guyana Harpy Eagles against the Jamaica Scorpions at Sabina Park.

    Savory made a career best 155 off 309 balls including 16 fours and three sixes while Imlach made 101* off 169 balls including 11 fours and two sixes.

    In the bowling department, Roston Chase took 7-67 in the second innings for the Pride against the Hurricanes.

    Pacer Gilon Tyson grabbed 5-50 for the Windward Islands Hurricanes in the first innings against the West Indies Academy.

    Veerasammy Permaul spun a web against the Scorpions on his way to 5-55 in the first innings.

    Pacers Anderson Phillip and Amari Goodridge picked up 5-71 and 5-92 for the Red Force and the CCC, respectively, while Rakheem Cornwall took 5-132 against the Pride.

     

  • Uncle and nephew team up as Joe and Jaydn Denly earn Kent draw with Essex Uncle and nephew team up as Joe and Jaydn Denly earn Kent draw with Essex

    An unbeaten 41 from 18-year-old Jaydn Denly in a solid sixth-wicket stand alongside his uncle Joe helped guide Kent to a draw in their Vitality County Championship match at Essex.

    After a rain delay, Essex declared on their overnight 257 for four, setting Kent a victory target of 375.

    Essex seamer Jamie Porter cut into Kent’s top order before first-class debutant Jaydn Denly and his uncle ate up 16 overs while putting on 51 runs before the latter was out for 39.

    Kent, whose batters wore black armbands to mark the death of former England spinner Derek Underwood, steadied the innings from 65 for five and, following another rain break, finished on 164 for seven.

    At the Oval, Surrey fell short in a run chase against Somerset as the match also ended in a draw.

    Chasing 209 in 19 overs, openers Dan Lawrence and Jamie Smith (45) put on a stand of 90 to set up the prospect of a first win of the season for the champions.

    However, three quick wickets in nine balls all but ended Surrey’s challenge as Kasey Aldridge picked up two in the 12th over.

    Lawrence was unbeaten on 53 from 34 balls when the players shook hands with five overs left, Surrey at 123 for five.

    At the Utilita Bowl, Nick Gubbins batted out the final day as Hampshire secured a draw against Lancashire.

    Gubbins crafted an unbeaten 69 to end any chance of a Hampshire collapse, while James Vince and Tom Prest were equally stubborn in their resistance as the hosts finished on 179 for four.

    Matthew Potts scored his maiden first-class century to help Durham earn a draw on their return to Division One action against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

    Warwickshire began the final day scenting victory as their newly-promoted opponents, following on, resumed on 12 for two and still 169 behind.

    But stubborn batting, led by nightwatch Potts (149 not out), saw Durham close on 293 for six and earned them a draw after their first match back in the top tier against Hampshire was abandoned without a ball being bowled last week.

    Nottinghamshire’s game with Worcestershire ended in a draw after the final day’s play at Trent Bridge was washed out.

    In Division Two, Derbyshire earned a draw at Glamorgan on the back of a superb unbeaten stand from Luis Reece and Brooke Guest.

    Derbyshire had an improbable target of 401 to chase as they resumed in Cardiff on 40 for one.

    The early dismissals of David Lloyd and Wayne Madsen gave Glamorgan hope of victory, but those were the last wickets to fall.

    Reece ended unbeaten on 91, with Guest 72 not out as the pair took Derbyshire to 225 for three.

    Ollie Price’s career-best 147 and a century from James Bracey helped Gloucestershire to an unlikely draw with Yorkshire in Bristol.

    The pair shared a fifth-wicket stand of 199, Bracey making 102, as they rescued the hosts from 97 for four overnight, chasing 498 to win.

    Yorkshire’s attack was left frustrated on a placid pitch as Gloucestershire closed on 405 for six.

    Heavy rain and blustery winds ruled out any play on the final day between Northamptonshire and Middlesex, leaving Middlesex’s Leus du Plooy four runs short of a double century.

    Frequent heavy showers also ended an prospect of a positive result between Leicestershire and Sussex.

  • Party Stand tickets for ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 go on sale Party Stand tickets for ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 go on sale

    Party-Stand tickets for ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 Caribbean fixtures are available for purchase from 10am AST today, Monday 15 April, at tickets.t20worldcup.com, including for fixtures where tickets are currently unavailable.

    Fans can create an account at tickets.t20worldcup.com to securely purchase party-stand tickets to the 39 games across the West Indies. Prices start at US$25, and fans can purchase up to six tickets for every match.

    Venues that will have party-stands include:

    • Antigua and Barbuda: Sir Vivian Richards Stadium
    • Barbados: Kensington Oval
    • Guyana: Guyana National Stadium
    • Saint Lucia: Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium
    • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Arnos Vale
    • Trinidad and Tobago: Brian Lara Cricket Academy

    Basic party-stand tickets are US$25 each. This ticket option can be purchased as an individual match ticket and allows you access to the party-stand section of the ground to enjoy the match. This ticket option does not include beverages. However, a fully stocked bar will be available, offering a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and food for sale.

    Standard party-stand tickets start at US$100 each. This ticket option can be purchased as an individual match ticket or packaged bundle for selected matches and includes alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Prices will vary depending on the match and venue.

    Party-stand tickets for the semi-finals, final and other selected matches are being sold as packaged bundles.

    Party-stand venue packages are the easiest way to ensure you secure party-stand tickets for the semi-finals and final. This package allows you to secure party-stand tickets for all matches at a particular venue. Semi-final or final tickets are included in party-stand venue packages for Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, and Barbados.

    General tickets continue to be available for matches in the USA and West Indies at tickets.t20worldcup.com where fans can purchase tickets online securely and hassle-free. Payment can be made with Visa or MasterCard credit or debit cards.

    Additionally, hospitality package options are available for all matches across the West Indies. In the USA, packages to all eight matches in New York, including for India v Pakistan on June 9, are now available to purchase. For further details, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 Tournament Director Fawwaz Baksh said: “The launch of party-stand tickets for the Men’s T20 World Cup is something fans have been asking about and now they can get their hands on them through our website. Tickets will also be available at box offices across the Caribbean in the coming weeks, and with party-stand ticket bundles available for the semi-finals and final, we anticipate these will go fast.

    “No one does a Carnival Cricket party better than the West Indies, and for the World Cup fans can expect an out-of-this-world party experience at each venue, while watching the world’s greatest cricketers on show.”

    The party-stands in the Caribbean for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup promise an electrifying atmosphere where every run and wicket will be celebrated, combining the thrill of world-class cricket with an unforgettable party experience. 

     

© 2023 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.