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The moment R. Ashwin dismissed Kane Williamson on the penultimate day of the first Test match; he became the ninth Indian bowler to scalp 200 wickets in Test cricket also becoming fastest Indian to achieve this milestone. Overall, he is the second fastest player to cross the 200 wickets mark. A confident Ashwin was mesmerised with his performance on the fourth day and said “I’d say the last 80-100 wickets have been very, very good for me, Ever since I came back from Australia last year, and went to Bangladesh I think that’s when I really started enjoying my bowling. I knew what I was doing very clearly, started planning my dismissals, knew exactly how to set batsmen up. It’s been a wonderful journey over the last couple of years, I just hope it keeps going for some time.
“I think it is a combination of both (quality of opposition that matters or whether it is about him being satisfied with his performance). Sometimes when you are challenged by the opposition it is really good, for example, Williamson batted really well, Ross Taylor was getting outside the line, they were trying to challenge me today. It was interesting because not every ball was spinning, it is not a wicket where you can blast batsmen off. So you have to wait for your opportunities. It’s a combination of wickets, the situation of the game and the opposition as well that makes me very happy.” said Ashwin after doing all the hard work on day 4 of the first Test match.
“I don’t think it is actually the right time to look back at what I have done so far, I think I have some distance to go in my Test career. I just hope I can one day look back at all these things and probably talk about it in the commentary box later on,” added Ashwin.
This clearly shows that Ashwin is thinking about future and looking t make a long-term impact in Indian cricket.
Talking of the first test match, New Zealand is already six down and they still have a mountain of 341 runs ahead of them. A win for the home team is here for sure, with everything depending on how early New Zealand batsmen bids adieu to the batting crease.