In a historic turn of events at the ongoing first Test match between India and England in Hyderabad, the Indian spin bowling pair of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja has etched their names in the annals of cricket history. England’s captain, Ben Stokes, won the toss and elected to bat first in the five-match Test series against India. The Indian team took the field with three specialist spinners, namely Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Axar Patel, with the latter being preferred over Kuldeep Yadav.
The significance of this match goes beyond the toss or the choice of bowlers. Ashwin and Jadeja, with their stellar performance, have now become the most successful Indian bowling pair in Test cricket history. Together, they have scalped a total of 503 wickets in Test matches, surpassing the previous record held by Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh, who had 501 wickets to their credit. This accomplishment is a testament to the skill and impact of Ashwin and Jadeja as spin bowlers in the longest format of the game.
The top five Indian bowling pairs in Test cricket now stand as follows:
- Ashwin/Jadeja – 503 wickets*
- Kumble/Harbhajan – 501 wickets
- Zaheer/Harbhajan – 474 wickets
- Ashwin/Umesh – 431 wickets
- Kumble/Srinath – 412 wickets
This feat not only cements Ashwin and Jadeja’s place in Indian cricket history but also underscores their importance in the current Test setup. Their ability to take wickets consistently and work in tandem has been a crucial factor in India’s success in Test cricket, especially in home conditions where spin plays a pivotal role. As the series progresses, all eyes will be on this formidable spin duo to see if they can further add to their already impressive tally of wickets and continue to make history on the cricket field.