R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja made history in the second Test between West Indies and India, achieving a remarkable milestone in Test cricket. On the fourth day of the match at Port of Spain on Sunday, July 23, the formidable pair became only the second pair from India to take 500 Test wickets together, following in the footsteps of the legendary duo of Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh.
R Ashwin took two wickets in the last session of the fourth day and the important moment was reached. First, debutant Kirk McKenzie was dismissed for a duck and was trapped lbw. Soon after, West Indies captain Craig Brathwaite was sent back to the pavilion for the fourth time in the series.
R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja took the milestone of 500 wickets in the 49th Test match as a pair. Ashwin contributed 274 wickets while Jadeja added 226 wickets to this extraordinary feat. Together they have taken thirty-two 5-wicket hauls and eight 10-wicket hauls in the Tests they have played together.
As Ashwin approaches the important milestone of 500 Test wickets, Jadeja’s growth into an effective left-arm spinner has been a crucial factor in his selection, especially in overseas Tests. With his improved batting ability, Jadeja has often played a pivotal role in the team alongside Ashwin.
R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja stand tall when comparing their records with other famous Indian duos in Test cricket. Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh share the top spot with 501 wickets in 54 Test matches.
The combination of R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja has been crucial in India’s dominance in Test cricket. Their bowling styles complement each other, with Jadeja’s tight lines and stump-targeting allowing Ashwin to express himself freely and take calculated risks.
Ashwin himself has praised the impact of bowling alongside Jadeja. At the Border-Gavaskar Trophy earlier in the year, he emphasized the importance of having Jadeja as his bowling partner. He praised Jadeja’s batting and exceptional fielding skills.
Ashwin and Jadeja’s brilliant performances led India to victory in the four-match BGT series. Ashwin’s performance of 25 wickets and 86 runs in the series included his 31st five-wicket haul in Test cricket, equaling Anil Kumble’s record for most wickets by an Indian. Meanwhile, Jadeja’s brilliant all-round display of 22 wickets and 135 runs contributed significantly to India’s win in the series.
While R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja continue to thrive as a formidable force in Test cricket, India’s bowling attack remains a force to reckon with.