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first_imgRavichandran Ashwin’s record-breaking run in Test cricket continued as India beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 53 runs in Colombo to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.He is now third in the list of most wickets taken by an Indian in a winning cause. Ashwin has picked up 205 wickets out of the 286 Test scalps from 51 matches in which India have recorded victories.WATCH FULL VIDEOAnil Kumble leads the charts with 288 wickets while Harbhajan Singh is second in the list with 221 wickets.Most wickets in WON Tests for India:288 Anil Kumble221 Harbhajan Singh205 RAVICHANDRAN ASHWIN#SLvIND- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) August 6, 2017Earlier, Ashwin also completed 2000 runs in Test cricket and became the quickest to score 2000 runs and pick 275 wickets, surpassing Richard Hadlee who achieved the landmark in 58 matches.The 30-year-old also became the third quickest player to reach the double of 2000 runs and 200 wickets in Test cricket. Ian Botham, who had achieved the milestone in 42 Tests, was the fastest to the feat. Former India captain Kapil Dev and former Pakistan skipper Imran Khan were joint second fastest, doing it in 50 matches. He also became the fourth Indian after Kapil, Kumble and Harbhajan to achieve the the feat.DEADLY DUOHis spin partner Ravindra Jadeja is also not far behind when it comes to creating records. Jadeja picked up his ninth five-wicket haul in Tests in the second innings to help India wrap up the match on the fourth day. He also hit an unbeaten 85-ball 70 in the first innings to take India’s score to a massive 622/9. A fifty and a five-wicket haul in the match for both Ashwin and Jadeja.advertisementNow, this is the third time two players from the same side have scored a fifty and taken five wickets each in a Test.CAPTAIN FANTASTICTeam India skipper Virat Kohli also raked up some impressive numbers against his name. He now has won eight series in a row as a captain. Only Ricky Ponting has a better record with nine straight series wins to his name. Australia under Ponting did so between 2005 and 2008.AP PhotoNot only that, he also became the first Indian skipper to win two series in Sri Lanka.Another man reached a milestone for Team India. Ajinkya Rahane took his 50th Test catch. He is the 14th Indian to do so. Rahul Dravid leads the charts with 210.DOMINANT INDIAThis is India’s third series win in the island nation – 1993, 2015, 2017 and the first time the current No. 1 Test side have managed to take a 2-0 lead in a series in the island nation.While the previous Test at Galle was India’s biggest win by runs (304) in Sri Lanka, in this Test at Colombo, India managed their first-ever innings win in Sri Lanka.1st time India 2-0 ahead in a Test series in SL.India’s 3rd series win in SL – 1993, 2015, 2017.India’s 4 Test win in a row in SL.#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 6, 2017last_img read more


first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants have been hit with so many injuries the past few seasons that coach Tom Coughlin is experimenting with practicing less.Coughlin on Aug. 27 held a recovery day for his players. They did some football-related things to get ready for the Aug. 29 annual pre-season game against the Jets, but for the most part the soon-to-be 69-year-old coach staged a spa day.Based on seniority, players had to do two of six recovery workouts: yoga; hot and cold baths; massage; self-massage stick rollers and bands; functional movement screen exercise; or air compression boots.And this is being dictated by a guy who would want nothing better than to revert to two-a-day training camp workouts, and longer practices.“It is a unique kind of a day and I am interested in the feedback that I get from our leadership council, and also from the assistant coaches as we go through the day and, of course, the proof will come later as to how we perform,” Coughlin said.Coughlin is also using data from GPS equipment worn by the players in practices to determine when they have to cut back on their workload.“The whole purpose is to recognize someone who is headed for a strain, if you will, and try to do something about it,” Coughlin said.There is no doubt if the Giants (1-1) get blown out by the Jets (1-1) recovery days are going to be short-lived.“It’s definitely new, but I don’t think any of the guys are complaining anytime that we can get rest,” cornerback Prince Amukamara said.“But also, work on our soft tissue muscles and getting massage and stretching. And spend more time in the meeting room. So it’s more of a mental day. I think guys really like that.”The key to the setup is that the team would do more on the field on Wednesdays and Thursdays during the regular season, then use Friday as a recovery day. Saturday would remain a pre-game walkthrough.Offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz said the coaching staff at Oregon used recovery days when he was there and the team was always ready to play on Saturdays.“It’s different for coach,” Schwartz said of Coughlin. “It’s different for all of us. I’ve never had a schedule like this in the pros. Obviously, we have to come out and play well on Saturday night.”Most of the veterans who had first choice went for massages.Offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse also used the pressurized boots, which are put on the legs and then inflate and deflate continuously over a 15-minute period.“If guys feel rejuvenated, there is no doubt this will catch on,” Newhouse said, adding if the Giants play like they have cement blocks on their feet, it won’t catch on.Running back Rashad Jennings said he has always used recovery periods when he works out on his own. This is the first-time the seven-year veteran has been on a team with mandatory recovery periods.“This is type of thing, again as a pro, your body is your work,” Jennings said. “Having a focal (point), where it is demanded that you take care of it, I think you will reap benefits from it. Just like you do demanding in a class room, demanding on field and now demanding that you take care of your body to help the team.”Second-year center Weston Richburg appreciated the day.“I think they enjoyed kind of working on their bodies,” Richburg said. “It was a mental day as well. We had a little walkthrough, jog-through deal. So it was a mental day, kind of rejuvenation. I think guys like it.”Richburg even joked that talking to the media was delaying his massage.(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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