Rahane, who suffered a blow on his finger, was forced to miss out on the Mumbai Test in the ongoing five-Test series against England.

 

Meanwhile, Ashwin still stands strong and gritty beside his skipper.

 

With every passing game, the spinner's graph keeps going on the top, making and breaking records which in turn have been proving to do wonders for the Indian team. 

 

The fourth Test is underway in Mumbai where Ashwin has recorded yet another five-wicket haul; it was his second in the series and seventh five-for of 2016 in the whites. He touched the seven-mark even in 2015.

 

He dismissed the likes of Keaton Jennings, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes in the first innings at Wankhede only to match the level of legendary former World Cup winning skipper Kapil Dev.

 

Only two spinner - Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble - have more five-for than Ashwin in Tests.

 

Name No. of 5-fors No. of Tests
Anil Kumble 35 132
Harbhajan Singh 25 103
Kapil Dev 23 131
Ravichandran Ashwin 23 43

 

The fact that Ashwin is just 12 five-fors behind India's greatest spinner in the longest format testifies his capability of emulating Kumble and maybe surpassing his numbers by a huge margin.

 

Ashwin had another feat to his name when he notched up his fifth wicket of the innings on Day two of the Mumbai Test on Friday. It is the eighth series for Ashwin with 2 or more five-wicket hauls, equalling Kumble and Kapil who also had eight such series.

 

The most number of wickets taken by Indian spinners in a calendar year:

Name No of wickets Year
Kapil Dev 75 1983
Kapil Dev 74 1979
Anil Kumble 74 2004
Ravichandran Ashwin 64* 2016
Harbhajan Singh 63 2002 & 2008

 

 

Since India will play just one more Test in 2016 - the fifth Test against England in Chennai - Kapil Dev's record of 75 scalps might remain intact.

 

Here is a video of Ashwin's five-wicket haul in West Indies earlier in 2016: