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Ravichandran Ashwin betters Wasim Akram's record with sixth 10-wicket haul Test

India Today logo India Today 12-10-2016

Ravichandran Ashwin produced yet another masterclass as he picked up his sixth 10-wicket match haul to help India humble New Zealand by a massive 321 runs and sweep the three-match Test series at Indore.

Ashwin, who completed his 21st five-wicket haul, picked up career-best 7/59 after his first innings figures of 6/81 to finish with best match figures of 13/140.

Ashwin also finished as the highest wicket-taker in the series with 27 wickets to his credit and was intrumental in India's fourth series sweep in the history of the game.

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He was adjudged Man of the Series for his exploits in the three games to take his tally to 7 which is the most awards won by an Indian cricketer in Tests.

Ashwin also left behind the likes of Wasim Akram (Pakistan), Waqar Younis (Pakistan), Abdul Qadir (Pakistan), George Lohmann (England), Sir Alec Bedser (England), Dale Steyn (South Africa) and countryman Harbhajan Singh, who all have picked up 10-wicket hauls in a match five times.

His sixth 10-wicket haul also saw him go level with Imran Khan (Pakistan), Rangana Herath (Sri Lanka) and Derek Underwood (England).

The 30-year-old spinner is now second in the list for most 10-wicket hauls by an Indian after Anil Kumble's eight.

Ashwin is now eighth in the list of most wickets by an Indian bowler, with 220 scalps from 39 matches at an average of 24.29.

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