Bengaluru, Aug 23: Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin yesterday (August 22) surpassed batting legend Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag to set a new record at the conclusion of the 4th and final Test between India and West Indies in Port of Spain.
With rain again playing spoilsport at the Queen's Park Oval, the 4th Test ended in a draw. For four successive days there was no play due to rain and wet outfield. India won the series 2-0 but lost the number one rank to Pakistan.
The 29-year-old Ashwin was adjudged Man-of-the-series for his all-round performance. The Tamil Nadu right-hander scored 2 centuries and captured 17 wickets in 7 innings (Best of 7/83). In 4 innings of the series, he accumulated 235 runs at an impressive average of 58.75.
With his latest Player-of-the-series honour, Ashwin has overtaken Tendulkar and Sehwag to top the list among Indians. In December 2015, he had won his 5th Man-of-the-series award, against South Africa, at home.
Ashwin now has 6 Man-of-the-series awards while Tendulkar and Sehwag held the record jointly with 5 apiece.
Ashwin has featured in only 36 Tests (13 series) so far and in on way to bag more honours. Tendulkar, who retired with 200 Test caps, played in 74 series while Sehwag (104 matches), was involved in 39 Test rubbers.
In the all-time list, Sri Lankan spin legend Muttaiah Muralitharan is the leader with 11 Man-of-the-series awards. He is followed by former South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis with 9.
Ashwin, with 6 awards, is joint 5th in all-time list, with Malcolm Marshall, Curtly Ambrose and Steve Waugh.
Sehwag congratulated Ashwin, via the micro-blogging website Twitter. He wrote, "Congrats @ashwinravi99 ,what an achvmnt 6th man of series award in 36 tests,I gt 5 in104 &Sachin 5 in200.Mny dont hv these mny MOM in career." Ashwin thanked Sehwag, "@virendersehwag thank u so much viru pa!."
Most Man-of-the-series awards in Test cricket (Top 6)
11 - Muttaiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka)
9 - Jacques Kallis (South Africa)
8 - Imran Khan (Pakistan), Sir Richard Hadlee (New Zealand), Shane Warne (Australia)
7 - Wasim Akram (Pakistan), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (West Indies)
6 - Ravichandran Ashwin, Malcolm Marshall, Curtly Ambrose (both West Indies), Steve Waugh (Australia)
5 - Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Glenn McGrath, Michael Clarke (both Australia), Andrew Strauss, Graham Gooch (both England), Dale Steyn (South Africa), Waqar Younis (Pakistan)
That's my gift to you Madras!!😘😍happy Madras day.
That's my gift to you Madras!!😘😍happy Madras day.— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) August 22, 2016