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5 Test records Ravichandran Ashwin can break in the home leg

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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 08:02 IST

Indian bowler with most Test wickets in a calendar year

Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev’s record has stood since 1983

When Shane Warne was at the peak of his powers, like he was in 2005, there was simply no stopping him. One of the reasons why Australia stayed in the Ashes right till the end was thanks to his bowling and it is no surprise that he holds the record for most Test wickets in a calendar year with 96 wickets in 15 Tests.

Although the 50+ wickets in a calendar year has been achieved 90 times in Tests, including three times just last year, no one has managed to come close to the all-time record in a decade. Given Ashwin's best in a year was the 62 he managed last time around, it is unreasonable to expect him to break Warne's record in 2016, even if he has eight more Tests in the year.

But one record that he might be able to break is the Indian record for most Test wickets in a calendar year. The record is currently held by Kapil Dev for his 75 wickets in 18 Tests in 1983. Even if Ashwin plays every remaining Test for India in 2016, he will only have played 12 but with 17 wickets to his name already and eight matches on conditions that suit him, there is no reason why he can't beat Kapil's record.

After all, Ashwin did take 62 wickets in 9 matches last year and if he takes a similar amount of wickets in the remaining matches, he will easily take the record for the Indian bowler with most wickets in a calendar year.

Published 19 Sep 2016, 18:53 IST
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