Senior cricketer and famend commentator Dinesh Karthik heaped wealthy praises on star India all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin, saying that the off-spinner may very well be talked alongside the traces of legendary Kapil Dev.
Ashwin helped India again within the sport within the ongoing Kanpur Check versus New Zealand with each bat and ball. He registered scores of 38 and 32 – two essential knocks on a difficult pitch – and bagged a 3-wicket haul in New Zealand’s first innings. Ashwin capped off Day 4 with the wicket of Kiwi opener Will Younger.
Younger’s wicket additionally took Ashwin’s tally to 417, changing into the joint third-highest wicket-taker for India in Check cricket, equalling Harbhajan Singh. Solely Anil Kumble with 619 wickets and Kapil Dev with 434 wickets are the 2 Indians forward of Ashwin on the wicket charts.
Dinesh Karthik lauded his Tamil Nadu teammate for his success over time.
“Clearly, I don’t suppose I’m in a spot to guage each of them, however I need to admit that they need to be spoken of in the identical breath in the case of Indian cricket as a result of each of them have been match-winners, have been exemplary, and have been positively the 2 greatest all-rounders to have come out of this soil for a protracted, very long time,” Dinesh Karthik stated on Cricbuzz.
Ashwin’s has an unbelievable document: Dinesh Karthik
Ashwin has taken 417 wickets in 150 innings, whereas Harbhajan did it in 190 Check innings. The bowling common of the Tamil Nadu off-spinner, 24.52, can also be a lot better than Harbhajan’s 32.46.
There may be additionally the addition of his 5 Check centuries as effectively. His all-rounder efficiency have helped Ashwin win 8 Man of the Collection awards in Checks; solely two gamers – Jacques Kallis and Muttiah Muralitharan – have extra.
Dinesh Karthik stays astonished with Ashwin’s numbers within the longest type of the sport.
“You need to put him there (amongst India’s greatest all-rounders) with the variety of Man of the Collection he has gained, the accolades he has acquired clearly. Getting 417 wickets in 80 Checks is an unbelievable document to have and the truth that he’s contributed and scored 5 tons of, far more than a whole lot of the batters who play for an extended time period in Check matches. There are individuals who have performed 30-35 Checks, and nonetheless haven’t managed 5 tons of,” the KKR cricketer added.
India must take 9 Kiwi wickets on the final day in Kanpur to take a 1-0 lead within the collection.