Indian all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin on Monday surpassed West India legend Gary Sobers in the all-time list after his elusive doubles all-around at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai against England.
On a challenging track in Chennai, Ashwin showed visitors how to bowling as he picked up his record 29th five-wicket shot, which tied him to Glen McGrath for seventh place overall and made him the first bowler to fire 200 left-handers. A day later, he showed visitors how to fight as he climbed his fifth test century and first against England, with 134 balls to extend India’s lead after 450.
With the elusive double, he became only the second cricketer after English legend Ian Botham to score a century and take a five-wicket three or more times in a match. He surpassed Sobers, Mushtak Mohammad, Jacques Kalis and Shakib-Al-Hasan, who have two such doubles in their careers.
Ashwin had previously achieved this feat in 2011 against the West Indies, where he scored 103 in the first innings and selected nine wickets at the Mumbai Test. Two years later, he imitated the feat against the same country in Kolkata, scoring 124 in first passes and five wickets. The West Indies once again witnessed his brilliance at North Sound in 2016, when he scored 113 and raised seven wickets.
Ashwin now has 2,624 tracks in 76 tests and 391 cassettes. Only Kapil Dev scored more hundreds and took more wickets than Ashwin.