A class act: Kumble on Ashwin

Spinner took 4 wickets in first innings and two in the second.

Ashwin is also the fastest to clinch 350 Test wickets.

New Delhi: Legendary India cricketer Anil Kumble has heaped praise on current premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin after team’s emphatic victory over South Africa in the second Test at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Sunday. India clinched the three-match series. Ashwin was once again among the wickets as he scalped four in first innings and two in second essay to play a pivotal role in India’s victory.

“He’s the fastest to 350 Test wickets, it’s something amazing,” Anil Kumble said. “You know, I think Ashwin, not just as a bowler but as an all-rounder, is an asset to the team. He’s a class act.”

This is India’s 11th consecutive Test series win at home which is the most by any side. Under Virat Kohli India have won nine series, while the remaining two series wins were under former skipper MS Dhoni.

India were tied at the top position for the most consecutive series wins at home along with the Australian teams that Steve Waugh and Mark Taylor led between November 1994 and November 2000 and the Australian team led by Ricky Ponting between July 2004 and November 2008 that had won 10 consecutive Tests at home.