Ravichandran Ashwin’s impact for India in Test series in 2016 can be gauged by these numbers in the last five series. He picked up 21 in three Tests against Sri Lanka in August 2015, 31 in four Tests versus South Africa towards the end of 2015, 17 in four games against West Indies in 2016 and 27 in the three-recently concluded Tests against New Zealand. The net result: India, under Virat Kohli, have won all five series.
Ashwin’s magnificent 2016 has given India plenty to cheer. While Kohli has shattered records with the bat in ongoing Test series against England, the offspinner has clinically run through oppositions with his skills, accuracy and variation. During the Mumbai Test against England at the Wankhede, Ashwin continued his record-breaking run.
Ashwin picked up all four wickets on the final day as India thrashed England by an innings and 36 runs to win a Test series against them after eight years. The offspinner ended with a match haul of 12/167, giving him his 24th five-wicket haul and his seventh 10-wicket haul in Tests. This latest feat has put Ashwin in an elite club.
Ashwin’s match haul of 12/167 is the best haul by an Indian spinner at the Wankhede stadium, beating the previous mark of 12/181 set by Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, which was also achieved against England in 1984. However, the best haul by a bowler at Wankhede is held by England all-rounder Ian Botham, who took 13/106 in the Golden Jubilee Test in 1980. In fact, Botham holds the record for taking a 10-wicket haul and scoring a hundred in the same Test.