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Ravichandran Ashwin’s Test five-fors.

After surpassing Dennis Lillee to be the quickest to reach 250 Test wickets, Ashwin keeps punching new ink into the history books.

Ashwin took 6 for 41 at Bengaluru as India defended 187 to win the second Test by 75 runs. His fourth, bowling Mitchell Starc, was his 200th scalp in India, only three Indian bowlers have preceded him in that feat.

Indian bowlers to take 200 or more home Test wickets:

  • Anil Kumble: 350
  • Harbhajan Singh: 265
  • Kapil Dev: 219
  • Ashwin: 202

The six-for also marked his 25th five-wicket haul in Test cricket becoming the fastest to reach that landmark.

Quickest to 25 five-wicket hauls:

  • Ravichandran Ashwin: 47 Tests
  • Richard Hadlee: 62 Tests
  • Muttiah Muralitharan: 63 Tests

With 25 to his name, he could soon be reeling in some legends of the game.

Most five-wicket hauls:

  • Muttiah Muralitharan: 67
  • Shane Warne: 37
  • Richard Hadlee: 36
  • Anil Kumble: 35
  • Glenn McGrath: 29

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Nathan Lyon’s first-innings figures at Bengaluru.

Lyon claimed record-breaking figures as Australia dominated day on of the second Test. The off-spinner claimed 8 for 50 – the best ever figures by a visiting bowler in India.

The previous best by a touring bowler were recorded by South Africa’s Lance Klusener who took 8 for 64 at Kolkata, 1996.


Steven Finn’s ODI wickets.

Finn – who is playing his first ODI series since September 2015 - had Kieran Powell caught and bowled to reach three figures. Only Darren Gough and Stuart Broad completed the feat in fewer matches, while over all it is an Australian leading the way. Mitchell Starc claimed his 100th ODI wicket against Sri Lanka last year, reaching the milestone in 52 matches.

Fastest Englishmen to 100 ODI wickets:

  • Darren Gough: 62 matches
  • Stuart Broad: 62 matches
  • Steven Finn: 67 matches
  • James Anderson: 70 matches
  • Ian Botham: 75 matches


Tests Misbah-ul-Haq has captained.

Misbah confirmed this week he will lead Pakistan against West Indies next month - however an average of just 15 as Pakistan were whitewashed by New Zealand and Australia in their recent Test series has proliferated opinion that he should call it a day.

Most matches as Pakistan's Test captain:

  Matches Won Lost Draw Win %
Misbah-ul-Haq 53 24 18 11 45.28
Imran Khan 48 14 8 26 29.16
Javed Miandad 34 14 6 14 41.17
Inzamam-ul-Haq 31 11 11 9 35.48
Wasim Akram 25 12 8 5 48.00


I’ll be happy to see Misbah go forth until the sun itself explodes if he continues to produce moments like this...