Ashwin has emerged as a Test all-rounder for India. He is at his best picking wickets and has also contributed with the bat lower down the order.
Yet again, the Tamil Nadu right-hander struck a half century in Mohali on the 2nd day yesterday (November 27). With his latest fine innings, he has matched Kapil's feat.
Ashwin is only the second Indian player after Kapil to aggregate 500 plus runs and take more than 50 wickets in Tests in a year. Kapil did it twice in 1979 (619 runs, 74 wickets) and 1983 (579 runs, 75 wickets).
Overall only 7 players have achieved this distinction. England's Ian Botham (twice), South Africa's Shaun Pollock (twice), Mitchell Johnson (Australia), Daniel Vettori (New Zealand), Andrew Flintoff (England) are the other five.
At the close of play on Sunday, Ashwin had 530 runs and 56 wickets in the year 2016. Today, he was dismissed for 72. Last evening he was 57 not out.
Thanks to Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Jayant Yadav's half centuries, India posted 417, taking a lead of 134 runs.