India vs New Zealand: Ravichandran Ashwin watches the records of Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh in the first test in Kanpur

India vs New Zealand: Ravichandran Ashwin watches the records of Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh in the first test in Kanpur

Indian spinner Ravichandra Ashwin is about to score another one in test cricket. With India set to face New Zealand in the first round of the two-match test series, starting Thursday 25 November in Kanpur, Ashwin could surpass Harbhajan Singh as India’s third-tallest wicket bearer in the longest game format. He’s only 5 wickets away from beating Harbhajan on the elite list. Harbhajan, with 417 wickets, is India’s third largest land receiver behind Anil Kumble (632) and Kapil Dev (434) respectively.

Meanwhile, Ashwin, with 413 wickets, is India’s fourth-largest wicket receiver in the game’s longest format. Ashwin enjoys a great home record and is likely to top Harbhajan on the list.

Plus, Ashwin needs a 10 more wicket to match Anil Kumble’s record of most 10 fers by an Indian bowler. He has seven 10-wickets sets in the longer format compared to 8. Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan leads the list with 22 10-wickets in test cricket.

India has played 60 Tests with New Zealand having won 21 times, losing 13 and drawing 26 matches. India also has an excellent record against the Kiwis, having won each of the last three test series at home.

This will be the first meeting between the two sides in test cricket since the World Test Championship (WTC) final in June 2021, which New Zealand won by 8 wickets at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

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After shutting out the Kiwis in the three-game T20I series, the India team, under the leadership of new head coach Rahul Dravid, will also try to take over the test series.

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India, however, will miss the services of the regular skipper Virat Kohli, who will not participate in the first test. Ajinkya Rahane will lead the team in the absence of Kohli, who will return to the team for the second test in Mumbai.

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