Oval. Team India got off to a good start in the Test series under the captaincy of Virat Kohli. But an innings defeat in the third Test (IND vs ENG) raised questions over the team. The five-match series is currently tied at 1-1. The fourth match of the series will be played at the Oval from September 2. The pitch here is considered favorable for spin bowlers. Former Sri Lankan veteran spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has taken 116 wickets in a match here. It is also the best performance of a bowler in any match at this ground. In such a situation, Team India would like to return on the basis of this achievement.
Off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan took a wicket in the first innings and a wicket in the second innings. England scored 445 in the first innings. In reply Sri Lanka scored a huge 5591 runs. The English team went down to just 181 in the second innings. In the second innings, Muralitharan gave up just 65 runs with 27 maidens in 54.2 overs and took 9 wickets. Thus Sri Lanka got a target of 36 runs. He won the match by 10 wickets while reaching the target without wickets.
Ashwin is just 12 steps away to take 100 wickets
Speaking of the most successful Indian spin bowlers against England, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar is at the top. He has taken 95 wickets in 23 matches. Wickets Bar took 5 wickets. At the same time, former captain and leg-spinner Anil Kumble has taken 92 wickets in 19 Tests. Made a record of taking 5 wickets 4 times and 10 wickets once. And Ashwin is at number three with 88 wickets. In 19 matches, he has taken 6 wickets 5 times and 10 wickets once. Ashwin has not got a chance in three Tests so far. But looking at the record he is definitely included. Left-arm spin bowler Rabindra Jadeja has also taken 47 wickets in 114 Tests against England.
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England have played 103 Tests
Speaking of the English team’s Oval field record, it has played a total of 103 Tests here. Won 43, and lost 22 Tests. 37 matches have been drawn. At the same time, Team India has played 13 Tests on this ground so far. Won one, lost five. Matches have been drawn. Under such circumstances, Team India would like to improve its record here on the basis of spin bowlers.
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