Indian premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin became the 4th Indian bowler to pick 600 or more wickets in international cricket in the ongoing second Test against England. Ravichandran Ashwin on Thursday through the dismissal of Ben Stokes in the second innings of the pink ball game. Ashwin who has been the man of the match in the last Test at Chennai was again among the name of the wicket-takers.
Ashwin produced a match-winning knock of a century in the second innings apart from his fifer in the first innings showing his all-round prowess. It was only a matter of time as Ashwin claimed the 400 wicket mark in Tests for India and became the fourth bowler from the country to do so. He is the fastest Indian and the second-fastest in the world after Sri Lanka spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan to reach the landmark.
Ashwin Joins The Elite List
Ashwin joined an elite list of Indian bowlers who went on to take 600 international wickets for India excluding the Asia XI. The list included big names like Anil Kumble (953), spinner Harbhajan Singh (707), Kapil Dev (687) who were instrumental to India’s success in different eras. Ashwin will be happy to have his name among the greats on the list and he deserves it after the effect he has in India against the touring batsman. Zaheer Khan has taken 610 wickets in his international career but 13 of his wickets have come for the Asia XI.
Ashwin also dismissed Stokes for the 11th time in Test cricket and Stokes became Ashwin’s most dismissed batsman. Ashwin’s three wickets in the first innings added to the tally of Axar’s six-wicket haul and ended with Indian spinners taking 9 wickets in the innings. The 34-year-old has an average of 25.2 while bowling in tests with 29 five-wicket hauls and 7 ten-wicket match hauls.
Ravichandran Ashwin Being India’s Greatest Match Winner
Ravichandran Ashwin is truly the greatest match-winner, India has produced in-home Tests, and his staggering numbers at home are the perfect example for it. Apart from his bowling, Ashwin has scored five centuries with the bat and has been useful down the order. In fact, he batted at six when India was coached by legendary spinner Anil Kumble.
Ravichandran Ashwin had an outstanding season for the Delhi Capitals last season and has been retained by them for the upcoming IPL 2021