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Ashwin made history in the captaincy of Virat Kohli, becoming the first Indian bowler to do so

In the five-match Test series, India is currently playing 1st Test against England in Birmingham. So far in the Test match, experienced spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been in the best form. Ashwin also showed his spin magic in the both the innings of Test Match. During this Test match, Ashwin made a incredible record in the captaincy of Virat, which no Indian bowler had ever done.

There has been lots of occasion in Test cricket when Ashwin has played the key role in team India’s victory. Ashwin is an important part of the Indian Test team and he has done remarkable performances under the captaincy of Virat Kohli. During the first Test match against England, Ashwin took his 200th wicket in Test cricket under the captaincy of Virat. No other Indian bowler had achieved such a feat before Ashwin.

In the list of bowlers with the most Test wickets under a single captain, Ashwin sits in 14th spot. Dale Steyn is at the top of the list, along with the likes of Makhaya Ntini (both under Graeme Smith) and Muttiah Muralitharan under Sanath Jayasuriya. Here is the complete list:

Bowler Wickets Skipper
Dale Steyn 347 Graeme Smith
Makhaya Ntini 280 Graeme Smith
Craig McDermott 231 Allan Border
Muttiah Muralitharan 230 Sanath Jayasuriya
Allan Donald 225 Hansie Cronje
Daniel Vettori 219 Stephen Fleming
Michael Holding  218 Clive Lloyd
Glenn McGrath  217 Rickicky Ponting
Malcolm Marshall 216 Vivian Richards
Merv Hughes 212 Alan Border
Muttiah Muralitharan 203 Arjuna Ranatunga
Stuart Broad  202 Alastair Cook
Shane Warne  200 Ricky Ponting
Ravichandran Ashwin 200 Virat Kohli

Best match figures for an Indian spinner in England:

Bowler Stats Venue Year
BS Chandrasekhar 8/114 Oval 1971
EAS Prasanna 7/111 Edgbaston 1967
R Ashwin 7/121 Edgbaston 2018
Ghulam Ahmed 7/137 Leeds 1952
V Mankad 7/146 Manchester 1946
A Kumble 7/159 Leeds 2002

Ashwin took his place in the Test team in 2011, and since his stunning debut against West Indies has claimed 321 wickets in 59 Tests (the current one ongoing) while breaking several records.

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