WTC Final LIVE: R Ashwin leads India’s fightback in ultimate Test, overtakes Pat Cummins to become leading wicket-taker in World Test Championships – Team India’s premier spinner R Ashwin, who is often criticised for not performing in overseas Test, is leading India’s fightback in the World Test Championship final Day 6 here at The Rose Bowl, Southampton. R Ashwin picked the wickets of New Zealand openers Devon Conway and Tom Latham to help India make a comeback in the ultimate Test.
Ravichandran Ashwin provides the first breakthrough for India 💥
A flighted delivery does the trick, as Tom Latham is stumped.
— ICC (@ICC) June 23, 2021
With these two wickets, Ashwin now has the most wickets in the World Test Championship. Ashwin has played 14 games and he has picked 71 wickets with four five-wicket hauls. He overtook Australia’s Pat Cummins who picked 70 wickets in 14 games.
R Ashwin – 71*
Pat Cummins – 70
Stuart Broad – 69
Tim Southee – 56
New Zealand opener Latham who scored 9 of 41 balls wanted to break the shackles and tried to step down to hit a big shot. only to find the ball being shortened considerably. The ball turns away past the edge and Risbha Pant behind the stumps did the rest. This wicket put India back in the game and the second wicket of Conway put England under pressure.
Players dismissing Tom Latham most times in Tests
8 – Stuart Broad
6 – Ravichandran Ashwin*
5 – Kemar Roach
Conway tried to play a front foot defence. But played outside the line and the ball slides in to crash into the front pad. Ashwin’s love story with the lefthanders continued. Conway asked his captain Kane Williamson if he should take the review but Kane denied it.
Meanwhile, India need eight wickets to win WTC while New Zealand need 92 runs.