Ashwin in elite list
9The number of bowlers who have the distinction of claiming 450 or more wickets in Test cricket history. In the Nagpur Test against Australia, R. Ashwin became the latest entrant to this list which now includes four pacers (Courtney Walsh, Glenn McGrath, James Anderson and Stuart Broad) and five spinners (Shane Warne, M. Muralitharan, Anil Kumble, Nathan Lyon and R. Ashwin). By achieving this landmark in his 89th Test, Ashwin is now the second quickest among these Test bowlers with 450+ wickets. Also, his bowling strike-rate of 52.35 is the best among spinners and overall, the second best after Glenn McGrath.
Quickest to reach 450 wickets (in fewest Tests)
Best bowling strike-rates while achieving 450 Test wickets
7 May 2003
29 Oct 2004
9 Feb 2023
9 Feb 2023
12 Mar 2005
30 May 2016
29 Oct 2004
15 Jun 2000
18 Mar 2002
3 Aug 2019
** At 36y-145d, R. Ashwin is the second oldest among these nine bowlers after Courtney Walsh (37y-229d).
** Only two other bowlers in this list have a better bowling average than R. Ashwin (24.23) — Glenn McGrath (21.73) and M. Muralitharan (23.56).
3 The number of players to do the all-rounder’s double of 3000+ runs and 450+ wickets in Test cricket. By claiming his 450th Test wicket in Nagpur, R. Ashwin became the quickest to do this double (3000 runs + 450 wickets) in just 89 Tests. He, incidentally, went past the 3000-run mark in his previous Test match in Mirpur.
Quickest to do the double of 3000 runs and 450 wickets in Test cricket
9 Feb 2023
4 Aug 2019
4 Dec 2006
6 The number of occasions Ravindra Jadeja has achieved the double of a fifty-plus score and a five-wicket haul in an innings in the same Test. In the Nagpur Test, Jadeja became only the fifth all-rounder in Test cricket history to do so on six or more occasions during a career. England’s Ian Botham has done this on most occasions — in 11 Test matches.
An individual fifty-plus score and a five-wicket haul in the same Test match on most occasions
Shakib Al Hasan
** Botham’s 11 occasions, includes
— a century and two five-wkt hauls in the same Test (vs Ind in MumbaiWS in Feb 1980)
— a fifty and a century and a five-wkt haul in the same Test (vs Aus in Leeds in July 1981).
** Shakib’s 10 occasions, includes
— two fifties and one five-wkt haul in the same Test (vs WI in Mirpur in Oct 2011)
— one century and two five-wkt hauls in the same Test (vs Zim in Khulna in Nov 2014)
— one fifty and two five-wkt hauls in the same Test (vs Aus in Mirpur in Aug 2017).
** Hadlee’s 6 occasions, includes
— a fifty and two five-wkt hauls in the same Test (vs WI in Dunedin in Feb 1980)
— a fifty and two five-wkt hauls in the same Test (vs Aus in Brisbane in Nov 1985)
6 The number of occasions Ravindra Jadeja has achieved the double of a fifty-plus score and a five-wicket haul in an innings in the same Test match during his career. His teammate R. Ashwin has also done this on six occasions, the most by any player for India.
A fifty-plus score and a five-wicket haul in the same Test match for Ravindra Jadeja
5 The number of Indian players to do the double of scoring a fifty-plus score and also claim a five-wicket haul in the same Test match against Australia. Jadeja, in fact, became the first Indian player to do it twice against this opponent. Only five players in Test history have achieved the double of 50-plus and a five-wicket haul in the same Test match against Australia on two separate occasions (see list below in notes).
An individual fifty-plus and a five-wicket haul in the same Test match for India against Australia
70 & 53
Notes: Only five players have achieved the double of 50-plus and a five-wicket haul in the same Test match against Australia on two occasions:
— Billy Barnes (England, 1885 to 1888)
— Frank Foster (England, 1911 to1912)
— Malcolm Marshall (West Indies in 1984)
— Ian Botham (England, 1981 to 1985)
— Ravindra Jadeja (India, 2017 to 2023)
5 The number of Indian players to do the all-rounder’s double of 5000 runs and 700 wickets in first-class cricket. R Ashwin, in the Delhi Test, claimed his 700th First-Class wicket on the first day when got the wicket of Marnus Labuschagne leg-before and then crossed the landmark of 5000 runs the next day during his knock of 37, when on 22. He thus emulated a small band of Indian all-rounders.
Indian players with 5000 or more runs and 700 or more wickets in their First-Class careers.
+ career in progress
6 The number of batters to aggregate 25000 runs across all three international formats. Virat Kohli, in the second innings of the Delhi Test, became the latest to achieve this landmark in international cricket on 19 Feb 2023. Kohli now has 25012 runs. The five others ahead of him are Sachin Tendulkar (34357 runs), Kumar Sangakkara (28016), Ricky Ponting (27483), Mahela Jayawardene (25957) and Jacques Kallis (25534). However, Kohli is the quickest to reach this milestone — in fewest innings and matches.
Quickest to reach 25000 international career runs (in fewest innings)
19 Feb 2023
3 Dec 2006
3 Mar 2010
13 Nov 2012
6 Apr 2014
23 Aug 2014
All records are correct and updated until 25 February 2023