- Ashwin has proved his usefulness with the bat too
- 46 runs in Johannesburg’s first innings
IND vs SA, Ravichandran Ashwin: In Test cricket, the Indian team performed brilliantly in the year 2021 and won many matches. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had an important role in this success of the team. 35-year-old Ashwin was the highest Test wicket-taker last year. Due to this performance, he is also in the race to become the ICC Test Player of the Year.
By the way, apart from the ball, Ashwin has also played important innings for India on many occasions with the bat. The same sight was seen in the Johannesburg Test match on Monday. Ashwin scored 46 runs in 50 balls in India’s first innings, which included six fours. It was the result of Ashwin’s innings that the Indian team could cross the two hundred mark. Otherwise, even scoring 175 at one point seemed difficult.
Ashwin proved to be better than Rahane
The surprising thing is that in the year 2021, Ravichandran Ashwin’s average in Test cricket was better than former vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane. In the year 2021, Ashwin scored 355 runs in nine matches at an average of 25.35. During this he scored a century against England. At the same time, Rahane scored 479 runs in 13 Test matches at an average of 20.82.
Who can forget Ashwin’s combative knock of 39 runs in the Sydney Test match, where he, along with Hanuma Vihari, saved the Test match for India despite being in pain. In the Kanpur Test match too, Ashwin handled the Indian innings with a great partnership with Shreyas Iyer.
Ashwin, who made his Test debut against West Indies in November 2011, has so far scored 2816 runs in 117 innings of 83 Test matches at an average of 27.36. During this, his bat scored five centuries and 11 half-centuries. Ashwin has scored four centuries against West Indies and one century against the English team.
… a chance to leave Kapil Dev behind
After blasting with the bat in the Johannesburg Test match, Ashwin can overtake former Indian captain Kapil Dev in the matter of wickets. Ashwin will become the second most successful Indian bowler in Test cricket, leaving Kapil Dev behind as soon as he takes six wickets. Ashwin has so far taken 429 wickets in 83 Test matches at an average of 24.14. On the other hand, Kapil Dev took 431 wickets in 131 Test matches. Anil Kumble is the highest Test wicket-taker Indian bowler with 619 wickets.
Ashwin’s Test Centuries:
103 runs vs West Indies, Mumbai, 2011
124 runs vs West Indies, Kolkata, 2013
113 runs vs West Indies, North Sound, 2016
118 runs vs West Indies, St Lucia, 2016
106 runs vs England, Chennai, 2021