'Well bowled, class!' - Anil Kumble reacts as Ravichandran Ashwin breaks former spinner's impressive record

Ashwin now has a total of 113 wickets against the Aussies which is two more than Kumble's record (111 wickets).

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India legend Anil Kumble showered praise on Ravichandran Ashwin as the latter surpassed his impressive milestone in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Notably, Ashwin racked up six wickets in the first innings of the fourth Test against Australia.

With this, Ashwin surpassed Anil Kumble’s record as he became India's leading wicket-taker against Australia in Test cricket. Ashwin’s six-wicket haul saw him amass 113 wickets in total against the Aussies as he now has two more more than Kumble (111 wickets). The former India cricketer took to his social media handle to lavish praise on Ashwin’s record.

Anil Kumbleverified@anilkumble1074
Well Bowled @ashwinravi99 Class ! 👏👍🏽
06:01 PM · Mar 10, 2023

"Well Bowled Ashwin, Class," tweeted Kumble

In addition to this, the veteran offie went past Kumble’s record of 25 five-wicket hauls at home. Furthermore, Ashwin now has an overall 32 five-wicket hauls in Test cricket, only Kumble has more five-fors (35) in the format.

No one spell is better than the other: Ravichandran Ashwin

Speaking on his performance across the Test matches against the Aussies, Ashwin remained grounded and added that his spells have been more ’penetrative’. Notably, the veteran offie has got 24 wickets across seven innings in the four Tests at home. 

"No one spell is better than the other. And I felt at various stages in this particular series, be it in Delhi, the numbers probably don't give you a five or six but the ball is coming out beautifully. and whatever changes I have put in- loading (getting into delivery stride), cocking my wrists (wrist position), all those things have proved that my spells have been a lot more penetrative,” Ashwin was quoted as saying by NDTV.

Meanwhile, team India are on the cusp of making a place in the finals of the ICC World Test Championship 2021-23. However, obtaining a result in their favour in the fourth and final red-ball clash against the Kangaroos will help the side stamp their ticket to the global red-ball event’s finale.

Players Test wickets against Australia
Ravichandran Ashwin 113*
Anil Kumble 111
Harbhajan Singh 95
Ravindra Jadeja 85*
Kapil Dev 79

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