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Ashwin’s Rare All-round Act


Ravichandran Aswhin has given India's fans reasons
to rejoice after his stupendous all-round act in the
Mumbai Test


The off-spinner took 5-156 and 4-34, and also
scored 103 batting at No. 8. He is just the fifth cricketer in Test history to
score a hundred and take nine wickets in a game.


The others:

 

No

Player

Team

Oppn

Runs

Wkts

Ground

Mon/Year

1

IT Botham

Eng

Ind

114

13-106

Mumbai

Feb 1980

2

Imran Khan

Eng

Ind

117

11-180

Faisalabad

Jan 1983

3

JH Sinclair

SAF

Eng

106

9-89

Cape Town

Apr 1899

4

R Benaud

Aus

SAF

100

9-154

Johannesburg

Feb 1958


Rare All-round Act


Ashwin's
performance would whet the appetite of those who've been waiting for the
arrival of a genuine Indian all-rounder.


His
rare act of a hundred and a fiver in a Test has been done only by 19 other
cricketers.


The
last time it happened in India was in 1980, interestingly at the same venue, by
Ian Botham.


The 27 occasions of a hundred and a fiver are listed
as thus:


No

Player

Bat

Bowl

Team

Oppn

Ground

Mon/Year

1

JH Sinclair

106

6/026

SAF

Eng

Cape Town

Apr 1899

2

GA Faulkner

123

5/120

SAF

Eng

Johannesburg

Jan 1910

3

C Kelleway

114

5/033

Aus

SAF

Manchester

May 1912

4

JM Gregory

100

7/069

Aus

Eng

Melbourne

Dec 1920

5

MH Mankad

184

5/196

Ind

Eng

Lord's

Jun 1952

6

DS Atkinson

219

5/056

Win

Aus

Bridgetown

May 1955

7

KR Miller

109

6/107

Aus

Win

Kingston

Jun 1955

8

R Benaud

100

5/084

Aus

SAF

Johannesburg

Feb 1958

9

OG Smith

100

5/090

Win

Ind

Delhi

Feb 1959

10

PR Umrigar

172*

5/107

Ind

Win

Port of Spain

Apr 1962

11

GS Sobers

104

5/063

Win

Ind

Kingston

Apr 1962

12

BR Taylor

105

5/086

NZl

Ind

Kolkata

Mar 1965

13

GS Sobers

174

5/041

Win

Eng

Leeds

Aug 1966

14

Mushtaq Mohd

201

5/049

Pak

NZl

Dunedin

Feb 1973

15

AW Greig

148

6/164

Eng

Win

Bridgetown

Mar 1974

16

Mushtaq Mohd

121

5/028

Pak

Win

Port of Spain

Apr 1977

17

IT Botham

103

5/073

Eng

NZl

Christchurch

Feb 1978

18

IT Botham

108

8/034

Eng

Pak

Lord's

Jun 1978

19

IT Botham

114

6/058, 7/048

Eng

Ind

Mum-WS

Feb 1980

20

IT Botham

149*

6/095

Eng

Aus

Leeds

Jul 1981

21

Imran Khan

117

6/098, 5/082

Pak

Ind

Faisalabad

Jan 1983

22

IT Botham

138

5/059

Eng

NZl

Wellington

Jan 1984

23

Wasim Akram

123

5/100

Pak

Aus

Adelaide

Jan 1990

24

PA Strang

106*

5/212

Zim

Pak

Sheikhupura

Oct 1996

25

JH Kallis

110

5/090

SAF

Win

Cape Town

Jan 1999

26

JH Kallis

139*

5/021

SAF

Ban

Potchefstroom

Oct 2002

27

R Ashwin

103

5/156

Ind

Win

Mum-WS

Nov 2011


Ashwin is just the third Indian cricketer to
perform this feat. Only Vinoo Mankad and Polly Umrigar have done it before.


The table above carries some of cricket's greatest
heavyweights: Sobers, Botham, Imran, Kallis, and many others.


Should Ashwin's
fans be excited? Or is it too early to judge him?

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