The Indian off-spinner R. Ashwin has just eclipsed Ishant Sharma’s record of 209 wickets in Test cricket as the spin bowling spreadhead of Indian cricket team has just become the eighth highest wicket taker for India in Test cricket. He achieved this record in the second innings against New Zealand where he took 4* wickets to tumble the kiwis batting line up. He gave a great start to Indian bowlers taking the first wicket of the day followed by 3 more wickets.
Ashwin is now just 25 wickets away from Javgal Srinath’s record who has 236 wickets to his name in 67 Test matches. Bhagwath Chandrasekhar, who has 242 wickets to his name is the sixth highest wicket taker for India. Ashwin is also nearing his record and he may break this record soon.
Going by the numbers it seems that if R. Ashwin plays for 10-15 years more, then surely he may end up being highest wicket taker for India. Though Ravindra Jadeja with an average of 23.42 possesses the best average in Test cricket but he is ineffective on foreign soil and is sometimes dropped as well.
Ashwin’s average is quite near to that of Muttiah Muralitharan, the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket. Murali averages bowled with an average of 22.72 in Test cricket.
Though there is no comparison between Ashwin and the great Muralitharan but still Ashwin has shown enough talent to call him the next big thing in Test cricket. Along with time and passage, he will grow and he has the capability to become or surpass Muttiah Muralitharan.