India vs Australia, 1st Test: R Ashwin adds another feather to cap, breaks Kapil Dev's 37-year-old record
Ashwin went past Kapil's earlier mark of 63 wickets in 13 Tests created way back on 1979-80 at the beginning of the great all-rounder's career.
Pune: Premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, on broke Kapil Dev's 37-year-old Indian record of most Test wickets in a domestic season on the second day morning of the first cricket Test against Australia in Pune on Friday.
Ashwin, the fastest in the world to reach 250 Test wicket mark recently, dismissed overnight batsman Mitchell Starc with the fifth ball of the first over of the morning to end the visitors' first innings at 260 and take his tally of wickets in the current home season to 64 in 10 Test matches.
Ashwin, thus, went past Kapil's earlier mark of 63 wickets in 13 Tests created way back on 1979-80 at the beginning of the great all-rounder's career.
Ashwin had grabbed 61 wickets in 10 Tests in the 2012-13 home season when he first served notice of his potential at the international level.
This home season the off-spinner has taken 27 wickets in three Test matches against New Zealand, 28 in five against England and six in one against Bangladesh.
Friday's first innings figures of three for 63 in 34.5 overs took the 30-year-old's tally of wickets in his career to 257 from 46 games.
The 34-year-old, who is currently part of the Test squad that is playing against England in an ongoing five-match series, wrote a Twitter post to express his joy.
The former Australian captain's contention is that the veteran off-spinner all-rounder has proved himself as a "fine bowler in all conditions" and deserves a place in the team.
The 36-year-old revealed on Monday that he had been suffering pain in his neck and left arm due to a bulging disc which hampered his ability to train at full intensity.