- Ashwin can break this special record of Harbhajan Singh in test cricket
- Ashwin may be in third place in terms of taking the most ground after Anil Kumble and Kapil Dev.
- Ashwin can start with the new ball in the first Test against New Zealand
In the first test match against New Zealand, Team India’s senior spinning bowler Ravichandran Ashwin can start with the new ball. The court at Kanpur’s Green Park is believed to be useful for spinners. In such a situation, it won’t be surprising to see Ashwin starting with the new ball. However, Ashwin has not played a test match since June last year and is close to ranking third among India’s top turf bearers, leaving Harbhajan Singh (417 wickets) behind.
Ashwin has so far taken 413 wickets in 79 games. Anil Kumble (619) and Kapil Dev (434) occupy the top two spots for most participants in the test for India.
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Ashwin has also shared the new ball in test matches in the past. He has shared the new ball in 39 innings of 33 test matches. On 15 of these occasions, he threw the first over of the innings.
Ashwin shared the new ball in both innings of the Chennai Test against England earlier this year as he opened the bowling alley with Axar Patel in the second inning in Ahmedabad.
Ajinkya Rahane can deliver him again and if the pitch helps, it won’t be easy for New Zealand hitters to face him. When Ashwin hit during the practice session, head coach Rahul Dravid also taught him a few tricks on the back lift.
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India can go with three spinners in the first test match. Along with Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel could be the third spinner to take 27 wickets in his debut series against England this year. Jayant Yadav is the team’s fourth spinner.