Pune: Ravichandran Ashwin brought an end to Mitchell Starc's cameo early on Day 2 of the first Test between India and Australia in Pune as the hosts bowled the visitors out for 260 in the first innings.
This was Ashwin's third wicket of the innings and his 64th in cricket's longest format in this home season. As a result Ashwin broke Kapil Dev's long standing record of most Test wickets taken in a season by an Indian bowler, which the 'Haryana Hurricane' had set in the 1979/80 season.
R Ashwin now 64 Test wickets this Indian season - the most by any bowler in India
Kapil Dev 63 in 1979/80#IndvAus
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) February 24, 2017
A six-wicket haul against Bangladesh in the one-off Test was backed up with a three-wicket show in the first innings against Australia, which put the record breaking bowler ahead of arguably India's biggest bowling match-winner, Kapil Dev.
This achievement is the just the latest in a series for Ashwin, who is enjoying a purple patch in Test cricket which has seen him become the fastest to reach 250 Test wickets too. Ashwin's rise has coincided with an extended purple patch for Indian captain Virat Kohli with the bat and the duo's form is the primary reason why Team India has reached the number 1 ranking in Test cricket.
Indian fans would hope that Ashwin's form with the ball continues as sterner Tests lie ahead for the team.