Ravichandran Ashwin Ready To Achieve Another New Milestone In The Fastest Way
Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is one of the best bowlers in Indian cricket history. He is currently focusing to achieve another new milestone and that too in the fastest way.
The 33-year-old Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin returned to the international cricket in the last Test series against South Africa at home. In his very first Test match of this year, during the Visakhapatnam Test against South Africa, Ashwin scalped seven wickets in an innings. While many Indian bowlers were struggling at that time, Ashwin’s dominant bowling performance brought back his old faith in the team. Ashwin finished that three-match Test series as the leading wicket-taker (15 wickets).
At present, Ravichandran Ashwin is the fourth most Test wicket-taker as an Indian bowler and third-most Test wicket-taker as an Indian spinner. The off-spinner has taken 357 wickets in 68 Tests with an average of 25.43. He is now getting ready for the two-match home Test series against Bangladesh, starting from 14th November.
Ravichandran Ashwin is one wicket away to complete his 250 Test wickets at home
In his international career, Ravichandran Ashwin has already reached many milestones. Now, he is getting ready to become the third Indian bowler and 10th overall bowler to take 250 Test wickets at home.
After playing 41 Tests in India, Ashwin has taken 249 wickets with an average of 22.84. He is just one wicket away to complete the 250 Test wickets at home.
Among the Indian bowlers, only the former leg-spinner Anil Kumble and the veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh have taken 250+ Test wickets at home. While Kumble took 350 Test wickets in India, Harbhajan has picked up 265 Test wickets in India. By taking one more wicket in India, Ashwin will also put his name on this special list.
Ashwin can become the joint-fastest bowler to complete 250 Test wickets at home
In the overall record, a total of five spinners and four pacers have taken 250+ Test wickets at home. If Ashwin completes his 250 Test wickets at home in the upcoming Test match against Bangladesh at Indore, he will become the joint-fastest bowler (in terms of number of matches) to complete 250 Test wickets at home. While it will mean that Ashwin achieves the 250 Test wickets at home in 42 home Tests, the present fastest record in this list is also 42 home Test matches.
The legendary Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan is lonely holding the record of fastest 250 Test wickets at home. Muralitharan achieved this feat in 42 home Tests, and Ashwin is chasing to catch him.
However, Ashwin has already missed creating a new record on this list. While Ashwin took only one wicket in his last Test against South Africa at Ranchi, only another wicket would help him to complete 250 Test wickets at home in 41 home Test matches.
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