In the Corona era, India defeated the visiting England team 3–1 in the first international cricket series played at home. Although many players contributed to the win, R Ashwin and Akshar Patel will be prominently featured whenever the series is mentioned. On the third day of the fourth Test at the Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium in Ahmedabad, the duo shared all 10 wickets of England’s second innings. This time, Ashwin once again proved why he is called India’s best spinner at the moment. This entire Test series is very special to Ashwin, as he has set a record for it, which also made India spinners Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble unmoved.
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Throughout the series, Ashwin performed brilliantly with ball and bat and won the Man of the Series award. He took five wickets for 47 runs in 22.5 overs in the second innings against England. In this Test, Ashwin has taken five wickets in 30 innings in his career. With this he increased the number of wickets in the entire series to 32. Ashwin has taken 30 or more wickets in the series for the second time in his career. He is the first Indian bowler to do so. This record could not even make big guys like Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble.
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Ashwin, on the third day of the fourth Test, bowled English batsman Daniel Lawrence and bowled England’s innings for the fifth wicket. India also qualified for the final of the World Test Championships. In addition, Ashwin has surpassed 400 wickets in his Test career in this series. Ashwin is now fourth in Test cricket with India’s highest wicket taker. Harbhajan Singh, Kapil Dev and Anil Kumble are ahead of them. In this Test series, Ashwin scored a spectacular century in his home country, Chennai. This is the fifth Test century of his career.