Harbhajan Singh Was An Inspiration Growing Up, Never Thought I Would Surpass His Records: Ravichandran Ashwin

Harbhajan Singh Was An Inspiration Growing Up, Never Thought I Would Surpass His Records: Ravichandran Ashwin

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Ravichandran Ashwin. Image-Twitter.

India’s legendary off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has lauded former Indian spinner, Harbhajan Singh after India beat England in the fourth and final Test of the series against England. Ravichandran Ashwin has come seemingly close to Harbhajan Singh’s total Test wickets tally of 417 Test wickets.

After picking 32 wickets in the series, Ravichandran Ashwin now sits on 409 Test wickets as he is just steps away from going past Harbhajan Singh and becoming India’s most successful off-spinner in Test cricket. Apart from the contribution with the ball, Ashwin also looked in fine touch with the bat as he scored 189 runs in the series and sealed his 8th Man of the Series trophy.

Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh (Image Credits: Twitter)

Ravichandran Ashwin Heaps Praise On Harbhajan Singh

Asked about his thoughts on approaching Harbhajan Singh’s tally, Ravichandran Ashwin responded, “Actually there is no take on that. Because that’s not what I am thinking, and that’s not even crossed my mind.”

“He has achieved so much, and there is a lot that I have learnt from him. Actually, it’s a no-brainer. I have said this before also. I wasn’t even an off-spinner when Bhaju pa started playing for the Indian team. I was a batsman who could bowl a bit of off-spin,” Ravichandran Ashwin further stated.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (Image Credits: Twitter)

“He was also an inspiration because of the 2001 series, the way he delivered for India in that famous series. I am just happy that you are putting me on the same page as him. I had the fortune of playing alongside him. Later, I was fortunate to play under Anil bhai (Anil Kumble) as coach. And now, I am trying to leave my own legacy,” said Ashwin.

Team India Qualify For The Final Of The ICC World Test Championship

After the win over England, the hosts have also gone on to qualify for the final of the ICC World Test Championship. New Zealand had already qualified for the final and had England beat India in the final Test, Australia would have qualified for the final alongside New Zealand.

India, England, ICC World Test Championship Points Table
India. Image Credits: BCCI

Now, the final of the World Test Championship will take place from June 18 at the historic Lord’s Cricket Ground. As India have qualified for the final, the Aisa Cup is also likely to be postponed as the PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani indicated a couple of days ago.

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