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Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja became most successful bowling pair for India

In a dazzling display of spin mastery, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja turned the tide for India in the opening session of the India-England Test series in Hyderabad. The spin duo’s stellar performance not only secured early breakthroughs for India but also etched their names in the record books, surpassing the legendary pair of Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh.

Setting the Stage:

Opting to bat after winning the toss, English captain Ben Stokes aimed to capitalize on a pitch offering significant turn. Despite a brisk start by England’s openers, Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett, the spin twins were introduced early in the game after the ninth over. This decision proved pivotal as Ashwin and Jadeja orchestrated a top-order collapse, claiming three quick wickets.

Rewriting Records:

With Ravichandran Ashwin dismissing Zak Crawley on 20, the spin maestros achieved a milestone by becoming India’s highest Test wicket-taking duo, surpassing the iconic pair of Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh. The record-setting moment occurred with their 502nd wicket together, showcasing the duo’s dominance in the longest format of the game.

Global Standing:

While James Anderson and Stuart Broad hold the world record with 1039 dismissals in 138 Test matches, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja’s feat places them among the elite in international cricket. The duo’s partnership is the most successful among spin pairs, outshining renowned combinations like Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath, who secured 1001 wickets. Muralidaran and Vaas stand at 895 wickets, followed by the legendary West Indian duo of Walsh and Ambrose with 762 wickets. Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis contributed 599 wickets to their partnership.

Match Highlights:

Following the top-order collapse induced by Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, England’s Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow attempted a recovery, reaching 108/3 at Lunch. However, the Indian spinners continued their dominance, with Axar Patel and Jadeja claiming crucial wickets after the break.

Also read: Joe Root becomes highest run scorer in India-England Tests; Surpasses Sachin Tendulkar


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