Ashwin, who has been impressive in Indian limited-overs cricket, will be hoping to continue this success in the Tests.
So far, India’s off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been in excellent form. At the T20 World Cup 2021, Ashwin made an impressive comeback in the limited-overs format, and his outstanding performance continued in the T20I bilateral series against New Zealand. This momentum must now be taken by the offspinner in the longest format of the game.
He is eyeing a huge Indian bowling record as he prepares for the first Test in Kanpur. As of now, Ashwin is India’s fourth-highest wicket-taker in the longest format of the game with 413 wickets. By the end of the Kanpur Test, Ashwin is likely to move up to third on the list and become the country’s second-highest wicket-taker. With 417 wickets to his name, Harbhajan Singh holds the third spot with just five wickets behind the offspinner.
Kapil Dev (434) and Anil Kumble (619) are the top two former Indian captains. If Umesh Yadav is selected in the XI for the first Test against New Zealand, he will also aim for a special record. As of now, Yadav has only been four wickets short of 100 in India. Once he reaches 100, he will become only the fifth Indian pacer to accomplish the feat.
Ajinkya Rahane leads India in the first Test in Kanpur, while Virat Kohli returns as captain for the second game. Let’s see how the Indian team does in Kanpur!