New Delhi: Veteran Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has become the leading wicket-taker in World Test Championship on Wednesday during the summit clash against New Zealand. Ashwin surpassed Australia’s premium pacer Pat Cummins’ tally of 70 wickets in the mega ICC event.Also Read - India's Warm-up Game Against Leicestershire Ends In A Draw, Ashwin Impresses On Day 4
Ashwin started the match with three wickets behind Cummins and two behind England’s Stuart Broad (69). The off-spinner claimed three wickets in the first innings, while he got the better of New Zealand openers in the second innings to get on the top of the table. Also Read - IND vs ENG: Ravichandran Ashwin Joins Team India Ahead of 5th Test Against England
With Devon Conway’s scalp, Ashwin ensured that he will finish the inaugural WTC as the leading wicket-taker. The other bowler close to him who is also playing in the summit clash is Tim Southee and he finished the tournament with 56 wickets. Also Read - Ravichandran Ashwin Misses Flight to England After Testing Positive For Covid-19
Ashwin had a dream run in the inaugural WTC as he claimed four-five wicket hauls during the tournament which was also the second most alongside Nathan Lyon. The top on that tally is Kyle Jamieson with five five-fors.
The 34-year-old picked two crucial wickets on the final session of the WTC Final as he got Tom Latham stumped, while Devon Conway was plumbed in front of the wicket.
Meanwhile on the Reserve Day, Rishabh Pant lived by the sword and died by it while his India seniors found it difficult to survive against a probing New Zealand attack, which left its batsmen with a gettable 139-run target to win the World Test Championship final.
By tea on the sixth and final day, India had another batting disaster with only 170 runs in their second innings leaving New Zealand with a target that they are expected to chase.