Ashwin and Jadeja near Kumble Harbhajan’s record for top Test spin duo


Ashwin and Jadeja have wreaked havoc since their reunion during the home Test series against Australia. They are on the verge of surpassing the legendary spin duo of Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh as the best spin-bowling partnership in the longest format.

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the incredible partnership formed by Kumble and Harbhajan claimed over 500 wickets for Team India in Tests. Together, they took 501 wickets in 54 Tests, with Kumble accounting for 281 wickets and Harbhajan for 220. Currently, they hold the distinction of being the best spin bowling pair in Test cricket.


On Monday, Indian media and pundits lauded the “deadly” spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin for their outstanding performance in the second Test against Australia. The pair’s destructive bowling performance demolished Australia’s batting line-up. As a result, India comprehensively won by six wickets. India have now an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-Test series.

Resuming day three on 61-1, Australia was bowled out for a paltry 113 before lunch. Jadeja (7-42) and Ashwin (3-59) claimed all 10 wickets. This left India with a meager 115-run target, which they chased down in less than 27 overs. As a result, India is now on track for their fourth consecutive series win over the world’s top-ranked side.

The Hindustan Times newspaper wrote:

“Jadeja and Ashwin are brilliant. India are unstoppable. But how bad are Australia? This isn’t an Australian team that fights. This is a team that rolls over and lets the opposition breeze past.”

On a pitch that was turning and bouncing unevenly, six of the 10 Australian batsmen, including Steve Smith and David Warner’s concussion substitute Matt Renshaw, got out trying to play shots like the cross-batted sweep or reverse sweep. This sparked a lot of debate on the approach of Aussie players.

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