Ashwin surpasses Harbhajan & equals McGrath in bowling records

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Ravichandran Ashwin with his prolific wicket taking abilities continues to scale new heights in bowling records .

On 2nd day of the 2nd test vs England , Ashwin has surpassed Harbhajan Singh to become the second highest wicket-taker in Tests played in India.

Ashwin got past the Harbhajan who took 265 wickets in India at an average of 28.76, by dismissing Ben Stokes with a perfect off-spinner on the second day of the second Test against England at Chennai .

He is also the highest wicket taker against left handers with 200 wickets . A world record. 

Overall, Ashwin has so far taken 391 wickets from 76 Tests at an impressive average of 25.26.  He is now closing in on the other top off spinner today in world cricket and his competitor — Nathan Lyon of Australia who is currently halted at 399 test wickets. 

The 34-year-old has picked five wickets in an innings a staggering 29 times and 10-wicket hauls seven times, with a best innings figures of 7/59 and match return of 13/140.

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With his 29th five wicket haul Ashwin stands at an all time 7th position of bowlers with most five wicket hauls in test cricket jointly with Australia’s fast bowling legend ,  Glenn McGrath who has taken 563 test wickets.

Ashwin’s 266 wickets at home has come at an average of 22.67. Spin legend Anil Kumble is the leading wicket-taker in Tests in India with 350 scalps at an average of 24.88.

Kumble is also India’s leading wicket-takers in Tests with 619 scalps to his game.

Harbhajan is third in the overall standings with 417 wickets and Ashwin, who is inching towards the 400-mark, is fourth. The legendary Kapil Dev is second with 434 wickets.

Ashwin incidently has the best strike rate amongst all the Indian  bowlers with 400 plus test wickets. 

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