Ravichandran Ashwin (left) with Virat Kohli © AFP
Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates his success with his teammates© AFP

Ravichandran Ashwin became the highest wicket taker for India in a three-match Test series against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka. He had taken a 10-wicekt haul in the first Test at Galle and then he backed it up with another fine performance in the second Test at P Sara Oval, Colombo. He took his 12th five-wicket haul and broke the back of the Sri Lankan batting line-up. His resurgence bodes well for India with an important home series coming up against South Africa. He had troubled time bowling away from home and this will help him feel confident of doing well overseas. He already has taken more five-wicket hauls in Tests since 2010 than James Anderson and Stuart BroadRead:  Ashwin helps India rout Sri Lanka, level series with 278-run win in 2nd Test at Colombo

Player Wickets Avg Year
Ravichandran Ashwin 17 16.35 2015
Harbhajan Singh 16 28.12 2008
Chetan Sharma 14 27.35 1985
Anil Kumble 13 28.84 1993
Amit Mishra 12 12.75 2015
Manoj Prabhakar 12 18.58 1993

India set Sri Lanka a target of 413 when they declared after scoring 325 runs losing eight wickets. India’s main contribution came from the 140-run stand between Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane. Vijay missed out on his ton while Rahane ensured that he notched up his fourth Test ton to help India build a solid base. The lower order chipped in with handy runs as Tharindu Kaushal and Dhammik Prasad both finished with four wickets each. Sri Lanka were reduced to 72 for 2 at stumps. Kaushal Silva did not last long but it was Kumar Sangakkara whose dismissal led to an emotional breakdown for the Sri Lankan fans as he was out for mere 18 in his final Test innings. Live cricket updates India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test at Colombo, Day 5