India all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin is fit for the second Test match between India and Bangladesh as the two neighbors meet in the second Test on Thursday (December 22). Ashwin ranked second in all ranks and third in the Test format in the bowler’s tally, Kapil Dev will look to join an elite group of players in the Dhaka Test. India lead the two-match Test series 1-0 and will be looking for a vital win to seal a berth in the World Test Championship (WTC).
Kapil Dev’s count in sight
As things stand, the Tamil Nadu star has 443 wickets and 2989 runs in the Test format from 87 Test matches. Another 11 runs in the Dhaka Test will make him the second Indian player after Kapil Dev to collect the minimum number of 3000 runs and 400 wickets in the Test format. Ashwin will be playing in his 88th Test match and has already surpassed Kapil for the most wickets in the format, while he has 2259 runs behind him.
Who is part of the other elite list?
The list includes some of the biggest names in the history of the game in the form of Sir Richard Hadlee, whose 3124 runs and 431 wickets were well surpassed by Ashwin in the following days. While Shane Warne’s run tally remains in sight, it is unlikely that he will surpass Warne in his tally of 708 wickets.
Former South African speedster and skipper Shaun Pollock and England veteran Stuart Broad are also on the elite list.
Min. 3000 Runs and 400 Test wickets
Sir Richard Hadlee – 3124 runs and 431 wickets
Kapil Dev – 5248 runs and 434 wickets
Shane Warne – 3154 runs and 708 wickets
Shaun Pollock – 3781 runs and 421 wickets
Stuart Broad – 3550 runs and 566 wickets
* Ravichandran Ashwin – 2989 runs and 443 wickets
India will play Bangladesh in the second Test match starting on Thursday (December 22) at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. The Indian team will be without their skipper Rohit Sharma as KL Rahul will lead the charge for the Indian team.
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