IND vs ENG: Ashwin bags fifer, picks 350 international wickets at home

India vs England, 2nd Test: Ravichandran Ashwin is only the third Indian bowler to pick 350 international wickets at home after spin greats Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh.

Ravichandran Ashwin

India's Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates the wicket of Dom Sibley of England during day two of the second Test at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday.   -  SPORTZPICS/BCCI

India all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin picked up his 350th international wicket at home during day two of the second of four Tests against England at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

The 34-year-old from Tamil Nadu castled English all-rounder Ben Stokes to reach the milestone.

He is only the third Indian bowler to do so after spin greats Anil Kumble (476) and Harbhajan Singh (376).

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He has now also become the second-highest wicket taker in home Tests with 268 scalps, surpassing Harbhajan (265). Anil Kumble, with 350 wickets, leads the charts.

Earlier, on Sunday, a flighted delivery from Ashwin saw the back of Dom Sibley. While trying to attempt the sweep, the England opener, deceived by the extra bounce on offer, ended up getting some wood on the ball, before it lobbed to India skipper Virat Kohli at leg-slip. Daniel Lawrence was Ashwin's next victim, as an inside edge carried to Shubman Gill at short leg.

Five-wicket haul

Ashwin, later, also helped India wrap up England's tail by dismissing Olly Stone and Stuart Broad to complete yet another fifer.

This is the right-arm off-spinner's 29th five-wicket haul in Test matches, equaling Australia legend Glenn Mcgrath's feat.

He is only two five-fors away from beating England pacer James Anderson's record, who happens to be a part of this travelling squad and has been rested for this game.

Ashwin, meanwhile, is also only nine wickets away from reaching the 400-wickets mark in Test cricket.