Ashwin equals Kapil Dev; second to Sydney Barnes


23 Five-wicket hauls for R Ashwin in Tests – the third highest among India bowlers alongside Kapil Dev. Only Anil Kumble (35) and Harbhajan Singh (25) have taken more such hauls. Ashwin is playing his 43rd Test. Harbhajan, Kumble and Kapil took 75, 81 and 114 Tests for their 23rd five-wicket haul respectively. Among bowlers from all teams, only Sydney Barnes has been quicker to 23 five-for in Tests. Barnes took just 27 Tests.

7 Five-fors by Ashwin this year – the second time he has taken seven or more such hauls in a calendar year. Ashwin took seven five-fors in 2015 as well. Only one other bowler – Muttiah Muarlitharan – has taken seven or more five-wicket hauls in a year more than once. Muralitharan did it in 1998, 2000, 2001 and 2006. Ashwin’s 14 five-wicket hauls in the last-two years equal the most any bowler has taken in a two-year period. Muralitharan had taken 14 such hauls between 2000 and 2001 and again between 2006 and 2007.

18Five-wicket hauls by Ashwin in just 26 Tests in India. Only Anil Kumble’s 25 such hauls is higher than Ashwin’s in India. Harbhajan also took 18 five-fors from 55 Tests at home.

56.16 Jos Buttler’s batting average against India in Tests; his 76 in England’s first innings was his fifth score of 40 or more runs in six innings against them. Buttler’s 76 is the highest by a visiting batsman at Wankhede batting at No. 7 or lower since Adam Gilchrist’s 122 in 2001-02.

1975 The only time in 13 Tests before this a team posting a total of 400 or more runs in the first innings a Tests has lost at the Wankhede Stadium. On that occasion though India had ended up trailing West Indies by 198 runs in spite of putting up 406 runs on the board. Since then, teams posting a total of 400-plus have ended up winning on seven occasions, with other six Tests ending in a draw. This is England’s third 400-plus total in their first innings at the Wankhede Stadium in their last three Tests here. England defeated the hosts after posting such totals on the previous two instances.

2013 The last time before this India spinners took all the ten wickets to fall in the first innings of a Test. Ashwin had led the India spinners on that occasion too, taking seven of the ten Australia wickets to fall to spinners, in Chennai in 2012-13. Overall, this was just the eighth instance of India spinners taking all ten wickets in the first innings of a Test.

1983 The last time before this India had a century stand for their second wicket in Tests at the Wankhede Stadium. Anshuman Gaekwad and Dilip Vengsarkar had added 133 against West Indies on that occasion. Overall, there have been only four such stands for India at this venue. M Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara have added 107 runs in this innings – their seventh hundred-run stand in Tests. So far, the pair has added 2251 runs together at an average of 66.20 – the highest for an India pair that has added 2000 or more runs in Tests.


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