IND vs ENG Test Series: India and England will face each other in the third Test of their five-match bilateral series at the SCA Stadium in Rajkot on Thursday. The series is currently level at 1-1 after England won in Hyderabad before India counterattacked in Visakhapatnam. India's top spinner R Ashwin is on the verge of breaking a major milestone in the third Test against England in Rajkot.
One wicket away from 500th wicket
Both teams have got a break of nine days. During which England had opted to go back to their team base in Abu Dhabi to rest and refresh. In the third match, England captain Ben Stokes will play his 100th Test match. While India off-spinner R Ashwin will also be chasing an important feat. R Ashwin is just one wicket away from joining the exclusive list of bowlers who have taken 500 Test wickets.
Will break Anil Kumble's record in home test
India will be strengthened by the return of all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who scored the most runs in the first Test. He needs four more wickets to overtake Anil Kumble in the list of most wickets taken by an Indian bowler at home. Currently, Anil Kumble has the most wickets in home Tests with 350 wickets. After him is Ashwin, who is on 346 wickets. The third best experienced spinner in the list is Harbhajan Singh, who has taken 265 wickets in home Tests. Ashwin has been in good form in the Test series so far. He has taken nine wickets in four innings.
Team India changed after returning victorious
India made a brilliant comeback in the second test match and leveled the series by winning the Vizag test by 106 runs. India recently announced the squad for the final three Tests. As it was expected, Virat Kohli's name may disappear, this is what happened. Because batsmen are staying away from cricket due to personal reasons. Injured KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja were included in the team. However, Rahul was considered unfit for the third Test. Shreyas Iyer has also been dropped from the team due to poor form.
Demand raised to include Cheteshwar in the team
India's batting lacked stability in the series and there was a demand to include Cheteshwar Pujara in the team. Especially due to the absence of many key players, pressure is being created to include Pujara in the team. Pujara has also been in great form in the Ranji Trophy and has scored three centuries. However, the selectors did not consider his selection. In the absence of KL Rahul, Devdutt Padikkal was named in the Indian squad for the third Test match.
Top 8 cricketers who took more than 500 wickets
- 800 Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka) in 133 matches
- 708 Shane Warne (Australia) in 145 matches
- 690 James Anderson (England) in 183 matches
- 619 Anil Kumble (India) in 132 matches
- 604 Stuart Broad (England) in 167 matches
- 563 Glenn McGrath (Australia) in 124 matches
- 519 Courtney Walsh (West Indies) in 132 matches
- 501 Nathan Lyon (Australia) in 123 matches