New Delhi: Spin wizard Ravichandran Ashwin on Friday equaled Kapil Dev's record of 23 five-wicket hauls in Test cricket.
Ashwin, 30, didn't wait too long as he got the wicket of Ben Stokes in the third over of the second day's play of the fourth Test between India-England, being played at Wankhede Stadium.
The offspinner from Chennai has been in sublime form these last couple of years. Kapil took 131 matches to reach the figures, while Ashwin just took 43.
Ashwin, however, is still behind Anil Kumble (35 in 132 matches) and Harbhajan Singh (25/103).
The record for most five-wicket hauls in Test cricket belongs to Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan (67/133), followed by his great rival Aussie Shane Warne (37/145). New Zealand great Richard Hadlee (36/86) just beat the current India coach to the third spot by a single count.
Another Aussie great Glenn McGrath makes up the top five with (29).
Ashwin, at this rate, is likely to overtake most of them.