The second Test of the ongoing five-match series between India and England is scheduled to take place in Visakhapatnam at the Dr. YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium. Starting on Friday, February 2, India, after suffering a 28-run defeat in the first Test in Hyderabad last week, is eager to make a strong comeback in the second Test to level the series. Notably, India will be without the services of Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul in this Test. With Jadeja sidelined due to a hamstring injury, there will be increased responsibilities on Ravichandran Ashwin’s shoulders.
Ashwin, the premier spinner currently holding the top position in the Test rankings, and who took six wickets in the series opener, is poised to achieve several individual milestones during the second Test in Vizag. Here are five records he could potentially break:
Most wickets for India against England: Ashwin, with 93 wickets in 20 Tests against England, needs three more wickets to surpass Bhagwath Chandrasekhar’s record of 95 wickets in 23 Tests, becoming India’s leading wicket-taker in Tests against England.
500 Test wickets: Currently at 496 wickets in 96 Tests, Ashwin needs four more wickets in the Vizag Test to join the elite club of bowlers with 500 or more wickets in Test cricket. If achieved, he would become the second Indian and the ninth bowler overall to reach this milestone, also becoming the fastest Indian and second-fastest overall to do so.
100 wickets in IND-ENG Tests: Ashwin, requiring seven more wickets, could become the first Indian bowler and the second overall to claim 100 or more wickets in Test matches played between India and England. James Anderson from England currently holds the record with 139 wickets.
Most wickets in India: With 343 wickets in 56 Tests played in India, Ashwin needs eight wickets in the second Test against England to surpass Anil Kumble’s record of dismissing 350 batters in Tests played on Indian soil.
Most five-wicket hauls: Having secured 34 five-wicket hauls in 96 Tests, Ashwin has an opportunity to break Anil Kumble’s record of 35 five-wicket hauls for India in Tests if he manages to achieve this feat in both innings of the Vizag Test.