Ravichandran Ashwin has been one of the most promising players of the Indian cricket team. The right-arm off-break bowler and all-rounder troubled Australian batters in the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21. He took 12 wickets in the first three test matches against Australia and scored crucial runs with the bat to help India secure the victory. R. Ashwin is now set to continue the momentum against England. Skipper Virat Kohli will be placing a good bet on the all-rounder to create pressure on the aggressive batting lineup of England.
Ashwin Needs 12 Wickets to Overtake Harbhajan’s Home Record
R. Ashwin has grabbed 377 wickets from 74 test matches till date out of which he took 254 wickets at home matches. The test wickets also include 21 five-wicket hauls and six-match hauls of 10 wickets. The right-arm off breaker just needs 12 more wickets to overtake Harbhajan’s record of 265 wickets at home and grab the second-highest wicket-taker at home for India. The first position is retained by Anil Kumble with 350 wickets.
Ashwin Might Become 4th Indian Player to Grab 50 Wickets Against England at Home
R. Ashwin has impressive test records against England. Back in 2016, Ashwin took 28 wickets from five test matches at an average which included one match haul of 10 wickets and three five-wicket hauls. He also grabbed 11 wickets against England in the 2018 Pataudi Trophy. R. Ashwin needs 8 wickets to account 50 test wickets against England at home. The three players who have already achieved the milestone are BS Chandrasekhar, Anil Kumble, and Bishan Singh Bedi.
England Might Execute Special Strategies Against Ashwin
Former England, spinner Monty Panesar, praised the performance of R. Ashwin and marked that the outcome of the bilateral series between India Vs. England will depend upon how England batters will face R. Ashwin. Even being injured in the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21 against Australia, Ashwin was the second-highest wicket-taker for the team. Steve Smith, who is considered as one of the most destructive players of Australia, struggled to play the right arm off-break spinner. It is expected that England will execute special strategies against Ashwin to create pressure on the Indian team.
Virat Kohli Might Create a World Record in Upcoming Test Matches Against England
Along with R. Ashwin, the captain of the Indian cricket team, Virat Kohli will have a chance to create a world record in the first test match against England, which is scheduled on February 05, 2021. Virat Kohli, who was on paternity leave, will be looking forward to score big runs on board. If Kohli scores a century against England, he will overtake the record of Ricky Pointing in the list of captains with most centuries. Virat Kohli has played 188 matches and secured 41 centuries whereas Ricky Pointing has played 324 matches and secured 41 centuries.
India and England will play 4 test matches, 3 ODIs, and five T20 matches. As England decimated Sri Lanka, the players will be looking forward to keep the momentum against India. Similarly, the Indian roster who showed exceptional performance against Australia in the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21 will be willing to continue the winning streaks.
Indian roster for First Two Tests: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agrawal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Rishabh Pant, Wriddhiman Saha, R. Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, M. Siraj, Ishant Sharma, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav and Washington Sundar.
England: Joe Root (C), Jos Buttler (WK), Dan Lawrence, Dom Sibley, Rory Joseph Burns, Zak Crawley, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Dom Bess, Jack Leach, James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Olly Stones, and Stuart Broad.