Ashwin vs Steve Smith
R Ashwin is back to his best in Test cricket. The Indian veteran took 6 wickets in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Mohali.

The first Test match between India and Sri Lanka is set to take place at Mohali from March 4.

It will be a historic Test match for former skipper Virat Kohli, who will be playing in his 100th Test. He will become the 12th Indian cricketer to achieve this landmark. 

However, the match could prove to be a memorable one for Ravichandran Ashwin as he is on the verge of overtaking former India captain Kapil Dev in the list of most wickets taken in Test cricket by an Indian bowler.

India’s greatest all-rounder took 434 wickets, while Ashwin has 430 scalps in the game’s longest format.

If Ashwin manages to go past Kapil, he will be the second-highest wicket-taker for India in red-ball cricket.

Legendary Spinner Anil Kumble heads the list with 619 wickets and is the fourth-highest wicket-taker in the world. 

Most wickets by an Indian bowler in Test cricket

Anil Kumble- 619

Kapil Dev- 434

Ravichandran Ashwin- 430

Harbhajan Singh- 417

Ashwin had surpassed Harbhajan Singh in the home series against New Zealand in 2021. Ashwin, who made his Test debut in 2011, has taken his wickets at an average of 26.8. The right-handed batter has scored five Test centuries as well. 

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