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Ravichandran Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh PTI Photo by Shailendra Bhojak (PTI9_25_2015_000078A)
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Ravichandran Ashwin Didn’t Think Of Approaching Harbhajan Singh’s Tally Of 417 Test Scalps

Ravichandran Ashwin, the seasoned Indian off-spinner has said that the thought of surpassing veteran Harbhajan Singh’s record of 417 Test wickets has never crossed his mind.

The 34-year-old presently has 409 wickets from 78 Tests at an average of 24.69, a tally that consists of 30 five-wicket hauls, including one in the fourth Test in Ahmedabad Test.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Ravichandran Ashwin Not Thinking Of SApproaching Harbhajan Singh’s Tally

Man of the Series Ravichandran Ashwin was the leading wicket-taker with 32 scalps in 4 Tests averaging 14.72 in the recently concluded 4 Test series against England. He became the second-fastest bowler to breach the 400-wicket milestone in the longest format of the game.

He recently achieved the landmark in 77 Tests and is only behind Muttiah Muralitharan, who did so in 72 matches. He has 409 scalps and is only behind Anil Kumble (619), Kapil Dev (434), and Harbhajan Singh (417) among India’s leading wicket-takers.

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.”

Harbhajan Singh (© IANS)
Harbhajan Singh (© IANS)

Praising Harbhajan Singh for being a fabulous bowler, Ravichandran Ashwin observed: “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 continued in this regard: “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.

Ravichandran Ashwin Want To Keep Evolving As A Cricketer After Scoring 5th Test Ton And Winning Man Of The Series For Being Leading Wicket Twker With 32 Scalps

In the recently-concluded series against England as well, Ravichandran Ashwin lifted his batting and scored his fifth Test hundred in the 2nd Test at Chennai on a pitch that was the subject of intense criticism. He was also the leading wicket-taker in the series, with 32 wickets.

Ravichandran Ashwin hit his 5th Test hundred, his first against England during Day 3 of the Chennai Test (PTI Photo)
Ravichandran Ashwin hit his 5th Test hundred, his first against England during Day 3 of the Chennai Test (PTI Photo)

Analyzing his growth as an international player, Ravichandran Ashwin said: “My growth as a cricketer is a direct synonym to the kind of person I am. I like to keep growing every single day.

“I want to keep evolving and learning. That is something that is second nature to me. That is directly proportional to the kind of cricketer that I am. I will continue to do that for the rest of my life. Whatever I do, I want to be the best that I can be. And that is how I am looking at my cricket and my life generally.”

For his all-around effort (32 wickets and 189 runs), Ravichandran Ashwin walked away with the Man of the Series award against England. He picked 3 5 wicket hauls and his best figure was 6/61.
Ravichandran Ashwin of India. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Ravichandran Ashwin of India. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
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VVS Laxman And Aakash Chopra Heap Praise On Ravichandran Ashwin

VVS Laxman, former Indian batsman was all praise for off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin after the latter continues to grow in his performance for team India. VVS Laxman highlighted various facets of Ravichandran Ashwin’s cricketing brain and credited them for the off-spinner reinventing himself.

The off-spinner breached the 400-wicket mark in Tests in the recently-concluded pink-ball 3rd Test match against England becoming the second-fastest bowler to achieve the milestone after Sri Lankan spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan, doing so in just 77 Tests.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

VVS Laxman: Ravichandran Ashwin Works Out Weaknesses Of The Opposition Batsmen And Plans Accordingly

During a discussion on the Star Sports show Cricket Connected, former cricketers VVS Laxman and Aakash Chopra were asked for their valuable opinions of what makes Ravichandran Ashwin so special. The former pointed out that the wily off-spinner has come up with precise plans and executed them to perfection.

“I think he is a very intelligent person. When you are playing at the highest level, it is not only about the skill but it is about your preparation, it is about your planning, and execution is so critical. He works out what are the weaknesses of the batsmen, he plans those dismissals and that is why I think he is reinventing himself,” said VVS Laxman.

VVS Laxman. (Photo Source: Twitter)
VVS Laxman. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The stylish former batsman observed Ravichandran Ashwin is at the top of his game when operating against the best. He cited the example of the off-spinners recent domination of Steve Smith in the 4 Tests of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy held in Australia.

“We saw recently in the Australia series how he troubled someone as great as Steve Smith and that’s another thing which makes Ashwin or any champion player special is he always wants to be the best and compete against the best,” added VVS Laxman.

Ravichandran Ashwin has 401 wickets from 77 Tests at an average of 24.05 but the 34-year-old spinner said landmarks and milestones are not in his mind anymore. He has 401 scalps and is only behind Anil Kumble (619), Kapil Dev (434), and Harbhajan Singh (417) among India’s leading wicket-takers.

In Australia, the off-spinner picked the wicket of an experienced campaigner in form Steve Smith thrice in each of 3 Tests he played at Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.

Aakash Chopra Terms Ravichandran Ashwin’s Performance As Phenomenal And Is Second Best To Only Anil Kumble As Match Winner

Aakash Chopra termed Ravichandran Ashwin’s scalping of 400 wickets in only 77 Tests as a ‘phenomenal’ achievement. Ravichandran Ashwin proved his credentials in away conditions during the Australia series where he picked 12 scalps in 3 Tests averaging 28.83 which is creditable as the pitches were mostly seaming friendly.

“Phenomenal, seventy-seven Test matches for 400 Test wickets. Let the naysayers be, the fact is that when the pitch is dished out there are four or five spinners playing on the very same surface. One guy is picking more wickets than anybody else and it is not that you are playing only on rank turners,” said Chopra.

Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The former opener concluded by calling Ravichandran Ashwin one of India’s greatest-ever match-winners, probably second only to former leg spinner Anil Kumble, who is India’s leading Test wicket-taker with 619 scalps.

“He has been absolutely phenomenal with the craft he has displayed over a period of time and as he is growing as a bowler, he is picking up a lot of wickets overseas. So, that question mark is also getting answered quite nicely and I feel he is an absolute rockstar, he is one of the biggest match-winners that India has ever produced, of course Anil Kumble will remain at No.1 still,” concluded Chopra.

Ravichandran Ashwin has himself attributed his success to his meticulous planning. He recently disclosed that he watched eight hours of continuous footage before the Adelaide Test against Australia to draw up his plans for the remarkable Test series in Australia where India came back from behind after losing the 1st Test.

Gautam Gambhir. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
Gautam Gambhir. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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Gautam Gambhir Reacts To Yuvraj Singh’s Controversial Tweet On Ahmedabad Pitch

Gautam Gambhir, former Indian cricketer has said that off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin doesn’t ask for spinning wickets and with tracks like those, the off-spinner has added pressure of delivering in the match.

Gautam Gambhir added that wickets have been the same for everyone but it’s the newly introduced DRS that may have helped former spinners Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh get to 1,000 and 700 wickets respectively, referring to former cricketer Yuvraj Singh’s tweet.

Gautam Gambhir | Reuters
Gautam Gambhir | Reuters

Gautam Gambhir: Team Management Asks For Turning Tracks Not Ravichandran Ashwin And DRS Plays A Massive Role Nowadays

Gautam Gambhir insists that it’s the duty of the team management to ask for turning tracks besides adding on the same breadth that the Decision Review System nowadays plays a huge role, particularly in India.

“From that point of view, I do agree with Yuvraj Singh, but from the point of view that had they played on these kinds of pitches, probably not. Because see, wickets have been the same for everyone. Ashwin doesn’t ask for these kinds of wickets, it’s the team managment that asks for it. And when you prepare such wickets, Ashwin is under more pressure to deliver,” Gautam Gambhir said on the ‘Runorder’ show on ESPNCricinfo when asked if he agrees with Yuvraj’s tweet.

Yuvraj Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin IMAGE: AFP
Yuvraj Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin IMAGE: AFP

“Yes, wickets are different today but DRS today plays a huge role. Had there been DRS when Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh was bowling, Kumble would have gone to 1000 wickets and Harbhajan would have got around 700 wickets because DRS plays a massive role especially in India where there are a lot of inside edges, or bat pads and stuff,” Gautam Gambhir added.

Earlier, Ravichandran Ashwin, India’s off-spinner said he has the utmost respect for former left-handed batsman Yuvraj Singh and that he did not find any issues in the former 2011 World Cup winner’s viral tweet after the 3rd pink-ball Test was over within 2 days in Ahmedabad.

Ravichandran Ashwin, while speaking to the press on Saturday, said he did not find anything wrong or any hidden agenda in former batsman Yuvraj Singh’s tweet that took a jibe at the Motera pitch.

Ravichandran Ashwin: One Needs To Get Over Complaining About The Pitch And Hope For Good Cricketing Action

As many as 30 wickets fell inside 2 days as India took a 2-1 lead in the 4-match Test series by defeating England by 10 wickets in the Ahmedabad Test at the newly built biggest cricket stadium-Narendra Modi Stadium. Very recently, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had counter-questioned an England journalist who wanted to know his views on the pitch debate.

“Who defines what a good surface is? Ashwin had asked.

In the same press conference, he had asserted that people should get over the talks about the surface and should just hope for a good cricket match.

“The bowler wins the game, the batsmen need to bat well to score runs. Who defines what a good surface is? The seam on the first day, then bat well in the next couple of days and spin on the last two days, come on, who makes these rules? We need to get over it and if you are asking whether the pitch in the third Test was a good surface, I do not see any players of England coming out and complaining. You should be hoping for a good cricket match, not the surface,” Ashwin added.

Ravichandran Ashwin hit his 5th Test hundred, his first against England during Day 3 of the Chennai Test (PTI Photo)
Ravichandran Ashwin hit his 5th Test hundred, his first against England during Day 3 of the Chennai Test (PTI Photo)

As the Ahmedabad Test match, venue of the 3rd Test, ended in 2 days, the pitch became a subject of intense scrutiny. Although Indian captain Virat Kohli and his English counterpart Joe Root refused to point fingers at the pitch for the early finish, several former cricketers, including Michael Vaughan, Alastair Cook, and Andrew Strauss, have criticized the wicket on offer.

Notably, Ravichandran Ashwin led the defence of the pitch that was on offer for the 2nd Test in Chennai by hitting a ton in the second innings which saw India winning by a massive 317 run margin.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
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Ravichandran Ashwin Is Not Thinking About Personal Milestones

Ravichandran Ashwin said he is not thinking about milestones and that he has been enjoying playing for the country in the recent past when asked if he had set sights on leg spinner Anil Kumble’s tally of 619 Test wickets.

Ravichandran Ashwin on Saturday said landmarks and milestones are not in his mind anymore and that he is enjoying his game at the moment. Ravichandran Ashwin responded when the Indian off-spinner was asked if he has set sights on Anil Kumble’s Indian record for the most Test wickets.

Anil Kumble Image Source : PTI
Anil Kumble Image Source: PTI

Ravichandran Ashwin Became 2nd Fastest Bowler To Breach 400 Test Wicket Mark

Ravichandran Ashwin became the second-fastest bowler after former Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan to get to 400 Test wickets when he got England tailender Jofra Archer’s wicket in the Pink-ball Test against England in Ahmedabad on Thursday. He finished the Test with 7 wickets and was happy to play the supporting role to young left-arm spinner Axar Patel who clinched his maiden 10-wicket match haul as early as his 2nd Test.

Axar Patel | Pankaj Nangia/ Sportzpics for BCCI
Axar Patel | Pankaj Nangia/ Sportzpics for BCCI

Ravichandran Ashwin has 401 wickets from 77 Tests at an average of 24.05 but the 34-year-old spinner said landmarks and milestones are not in his mind anymore.

“If you look at it pragmatically, it’s 218 wickets away. For me, I have stopped thinking about all those landmarks and all long, long time ago,” Ashwin said.

Ravichandran Ashwin is the second-fastest bowler to breach the 400-wicket milestone in the longest format of the game. He recently achieved the landmark in 77 Tests and is only behind Muttiah Muralitharan, who did so in 72 matches. He has 401 scalps and is only behind Anil Kumble (619), Kapil Dev (434), and Harbhajan Singh (417) among India’s leading wicket-takers.

Axar Patel is on a dream run taking 18 wickets in his first two Tests averaging a meagre 9.44. After bagging a maiden five-wicket-haul on his Test debut at Chennai, Axar Patel was unplayable and finished with 11 wickets in the match – 6/38 in the first innings and 5/32 in the second – as India bundled out England for 112 and 81 in the two innings.

Ravichandran Ashwin Looking To Get Better As An Individual And Cricketer

Ravichandran Ashwin said he is looking to improve every time he steps on the field and he wants to contribute to the team in whatever way possible, considering he is no longer a regular in the shorter formats of the game. Ravichandran Ashwin last played an ODI and T20I in 2017.

“It’s been about what I can do, how I can get better, what more I can offer to the team because every time you come back into this setup, especially now that I am only playing Test cricket, it’s important to come back and offer to the team,” he added.

Ravichandran Ashwin last played a limited-overs match for India in July 2017 (Twitter/BCCI)
Ravichandran Ashwin last played a limited-overs match for India in July 2017 (Twitter/BCCI)

He is on top of the wicket-taking charts in the ongoing 4-match Test series with 24 wickets in 3 matches against England averaging 15.71. He is also third on the list of run-scorers with 176, including a hundred averaging 35.2. The all-rounder has played an integral role in helping India coming back from behind after losing the 1st Test and take a 2-1 lead.

India will be looking to make it 3-1 when they take on England in the 4th and final Test in Ahmedabad from March 4. A win or even a draw is enough for Virat Kohli‘s men to seal their spot in the final of the World Test Championship.

Yuvraj, Ashwin IMAGE: AFP
Yuvraj, Ashwin IMAGE: AFP
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Ravichandran Ashwin Respects Yuvraj Singh And Has No Issue With His Tweet

Ravichandran Ashwin, India’s off-spinner said he has the utmost respect for former left-handed batsman Yuvraj Singh and that he did not find any issues in the former 2011 World Cup winner’s viral tweet after the 3rd pink-ball Test was over within 2 days in Ahmedabad.

Ravichandran Ashwin, while speaking to the press on Saturday, said he did not find anything wrong or any hidden agenda in former batsman Yuvraj Singh’s tweet that took a jibe at the Motera pitch.

Yuvraj Singh.
Yuvraj Singh.© AFP

Yuvraj Singh Twitted That If Harbhajan Singh And Anil Kumble Had Pitches Like The One At Ahmedabad They Could Have 800 And 1000 Wickets Respectively

Yuvraj Singh’s tweet did not go down well with a section of fans as they took to Twitter to express their disappointment. Notably, the 2011 World Cup-winning former all-rounder had said if former spinners Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble had similar pitches like the one at Ahmedabad when they played for India, they could have ended up with as many as 800 and 1000 Test wickets respectively.

 

Ravichandran Ashwin had shared a cryptic tweet a day after the Test, giving rise to speculations that it was in response to Yuvraj Singh’s tweet and was based on the criticism of the Ahmedabad pitch. However, the spinner rubbished such speculations and said he wanted to share his thoughts on the subject matter and there was nothing more to it.

Speaking to reporters days ahead of the 4th and final Test, Ravichandran Ashwin said: “The reason behind my tweets was not regarding anyone in particular. When I read Yuvraj Singh’s tweet, I did not get affected, I did not find that tweet trying to tell us something. It just felt like a plain tweet. For me, the state of mind I am in right now, I did not find it wrong.”

 

“I know Yuvraj Singh for a long time, I have the utmost respect for him. Some people amongst us tend to buy what people sell, I do not know the reason why certain people try to sell certain things, but it is clear it’s just a perception of what happens.”

Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh (TOI Photo)
Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh (TOI Photo)

Ravichandran Ashwin and his new bowling partner in Tests, Axar Patel who debuted in the 2nd Chennai Test were on fire in the Pink-ball Test as they picked up 18 of the 20 English wickets.

Joe Root’s men managed just 112 in the first innings and failed to make the best use of an Indian collapse in the first innings as they were bundled out for 81 in their 2nd innings. India was set only a 49-run target and opener Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill needed only 7.4 overs to wipe off the target.

Ravichandran Ashwin has 401 scalps and is only behind Anil Kumble (619), Kapil Dev (434), and Harbhajan Singh (417) among India’s leading wicket-takers.

Ravichandran Ashwin Defended  Chennai Pitch By Scoring A Ton In The 2nd Innings

As the Ahmedabad Test match, venue of the 3rd Test, ended in 2 days, the pitch became a subject of intense scrutiny.

Even as India captain Virat Kohli and his English counterpart Joe Root refused to point fingers at the pitch for the early finish, several former cricketers, including Michael Vaughan, Alastair Cook, and Andrew Strauss, have criticised the wicket on offer.

Michael Vaughan went on to comment that India’s victory was ‘shallow’ and that the ICC would look ‘toothless’ if India is allowed to get away with such wickets. Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss hit out at Virat Kohli after the India skipper blamed the batting quality from both sides for the 2-day finish to the Pink-ball Test.

Ravichandran Ashwin hit his 5th Test hundred, his first against England during Day 3 of the Chennai Test (PTI Photo)
Ravichandran Ashwin hit his 5th Test hundred, his first against England during Day 3 of the Chennai Test (PTI Photo)

Ravichandran Ashwin, responding to the criticism, said the talk about the surfaces is getting out of grasp and it needs to stop someday or other. Notably, he led the defence of the pitch that was on offer for the 2nd Test in Chennai by hitting a ton.

England was bundled out for 134 and 164 in their two innings at Chepauk as the pitch offered assistance to spinners from the first day itself. There were plenty of critics of the Chepauk pitch but the spinner responded to them with his bat by hitting a second-innings hundred which helped India seal a mammoth 317-run win.

Notably, Rohit Sharma had hit a match-winning 161 in the first innings as he looked better than the rest batsmen on a challenging pitch.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh
Ravichandran Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh PTI Photo by Shailendra Bhojak (PTI9_25_2015_000078A)
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Ravichandran Ashwin Is A Legend For Winning Matches For India: Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan Singh said there should not be any doubts regarding off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin’s legendary status, considering the number of matches he has won for the Indian team.

Ravichandran Ashwin is the second-fastest bowler to breach the 400-wicket milestone in the longest format of the game. He recently achieved the landmark in 77 Tests and is only behind Muttiah Muralitharan, who did so in 72 matches. He has 401 scalps and is only behind Anil Kumble (619), Kapil Dev (434), and Harbhajan Singh (417) among India’s leading wicket-takers.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Harbhajan Singh: Ravichandran Ashwin Deserves All The Accolades For Taking 400 Test Wickets

During a discussion, Harbhajan Singh pointed out that Ravichandran Ashwin deserves all the accolades as he has been a proven match-winner for the Indian cricket team. 34-year-old Ravichandran Ashwin has played only 77 Tests to take 401 scalps and averages 24.95 with the ball.

“Taking 400 wickets is a very big thing and that too in Test cricket, a format which tests you mentally, physically and every other way. So to dismiss 400 batsmen in that and win the team match after match is a huge thing. There is no doubt that R Ashwin is a legend,” said Singh.

Harbhajan Singh (© IANS)
Harbhajan Singh (© IANS)

The Turbanator concurred with Virat Kohli that Ravichandran Ashwin deserves the “legend” tag and added that he would also address the lanky off-spinner by the same tag when he meets him.

“Even if he had not taken 400 wickets, it was not that he would not have been considered a legend because he has won India so many matches. It was great to hear Virat Kohli saying that he will be calling Ashwin as a legend going forward. I will also call him a legend when I meet him next time,” observed Harbhajan Singh.

Ravichandran Ashwin is the leading wicket-taker with 24 wickets in 3 Tests while Axar Patel who took 11 wickets in the 3rd Test is on a dream run taking 18 wickets in his first two Tests averaging a meagre 9.44. Jack Leach is 3rd on the list with 16 scalps. The 4th and final Test of the series will start on March 4th at the same venue.

Harbhajan Singh: Ravichandran Ashwin Has Greater Responsibility To Dismiss Ben Stokes And Joe Root

Harbhajan Singh was also asked about Ravichandran Ashwin’s outstanding record against Ben Stokes. The Turbunator named Ben Stokes as the premier batsmen in the England lineup and the cricketer-turned-commentator pointed out that a bowler needs to target such players and should get them out early in the innings.

“A bowler’s main task is to take wickets and that too the one which is most essential for the team, the main batsman from the opposition team. If I see this England batting, there are two big names in Ben Stokes and Joe Root. They have the ability to take England to a situation from where they can control the match,” said Singh.

Ben Stokes (Photo | AP)
Ben Stokes, England all-rounder (Photo | AP)

The 40-year-old lauded Ravichandran Ashwin for shouldering the responsibility of dismissing the main opposition batsmen and expressed hope that he continues to do so in future endeavours.

“So, R Ashwin has a greater responsibility to get them out and he has not done that now but has done that very well from the time he has been playing and I pray that he continues doing so going ahead, that R Ashwin keeps a stranglehold on the main batsmen from the opposition team,” concluded Harbhajan Singh.

Ravichandran Ashwin has got the better of Ben Stokes on eleven occasions in Tests which remains the most he has dismissed any batsman. The wily off-spinner has always enjoyed the upper hand against left-handed batsmen. He is the only bowler in the history of Test cricket to have taken 200 wickets against southpaws, with David Warner (10 times) and Alastair Cook (9 times) being his other principal victims.

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Teammates Used To Make Fun Of Me For Bowling Like Harbhajan Singh: Ravichandran Ashwin

Ravichandran Ashwin, the Indian off-spinner has revealed that his teammates used to make fun of him because he used to bowl like veteran former Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh during his early years in cricket.

The 34-year-old spinner made the disclosure after breaking Harbhajan Singh’s record en route to becoming the 2nd highest wicket-taker at home among Indian bowlers.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Ravichandran Ashwin: Teammates Used To Make Fun For Bowling Like Harbhajan Singh

The ‘Turbanator’ picked up 265 wickets in India averaging 28.76. At the end of England’s first innings where the visitors were bundled out for a paltry 134, Ravichandran Ashwin now has picked 268 wickets at an average of 22.54. Speaking at a press conference at the end of the second day’s play of the second Test against England, Ravichandran Ashwin narrated:

“Lot of my teammates from that age, from that generation, you know, used to make fun of me, because I used to bowl like Bhajju Pa, my action, I used to try and bowl like him and all that.”

Harbhajan Singh (© IANS)
Harbhajan Singh (© IANS)

“So, from there on to come one and actually break the record of something that he possesses, has to be incredibly special. I didn’t know of it, now that I do know of it, I feel happy. Sorry, Bhajju Pa…,”.

Ravichandran Ashwin claimed excellent figures of 5 for 43 as India bundled England for a paltry 134 in response to their first-innings total of 329. The off-spinner went past Harbhajan Singh when he cleaned up Ben Stokes for 18.

Harbhajan Singh Tweets Ravichandran Ashwin Is A Champion And Wished Him To Achieve More Success And Break More Records

Ravichandran Ashwin candidly admitted that as a budding cricketer in his early days, he wasn’t even sure if he would go on to play for India while reacting to the record.

He recalled: “When I was watching the 2001 series where Bhajju Pa (Harbhajan) was playing, I didn’t even imagine that I would go out and become an off-spinner for the country. I was still a batsman for my state, trying to accelerate a career towards batting and playing for the country, I wasn’t sure whether I would go on and become a player for the Indian team.”

Ravichandran Ashwin is now second on the list of Indian bowlers with the most Test wickets at home. Anil Kumble still leads the pack, having scalped 350 wickets in home Tests. Playing in his 76th Test, Ravichandran Ashwin has so far claimed a total of 391 wickets at an average of 25.26, with 29 five-wicket hauls.

He is only nine wickets away to claim 400 Test wickets for Indians in the longest format to join the elite club with Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, and Kapil Dev.

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Ravichandran Ashwin Became First Bowler To Dismiss Left Handers 200 Times In Tests

Ravichandran Ashwin broke several records on the second day of the ongoing second Chennai Test between India and England at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai by taking a five-wicket haul.

The Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Sunday became the first bowler to dismiss 200 left-handed batsmen in Test cricket. He achieved the unique distinction on the second day as he helped India bundle out England for paltry 134.

Ravichandran Ashwin (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
India’s Ravichandran Ashwin (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Ravichandran Ashwin Registers 29th 5 Wicket Haul In Tests Equalling Glenn McGrath’s Tally

The 34-year-old further registered his 29th five-wicket haul in the longest format, equalling former Australian pacer Glenn McGrath’s tally on the all-time list. The duo occupies the joint-seventh spot in the list.

Former Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan holds the second spot on the list of bowlers, with most left-handed victims in Tests. Muttiah Muralitharan has accounted for 191 dismissals.

Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne exit the MCG, Australia v England, 4th Test, MCG, 3rd day, December 28, 2006 ©Getty Images
Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne exit the MCG, Australia v England, 4th Test, MCG, 3rd day, December 28, 2006, ©Getty Images

England pacer James Anderson is placed third on the list, having taken 190 such wickets so far. Legendary Australian cricketers Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath occupy the fourth and fifth spot on the list, with 172 dismissals apiece.

The top spinner picked a five-wicket haul to go past James Anderson’s record of fourth highest five-wicket hauls at home. The 34-year-old took the wicket of Stuart Broad to claim his 23rd five-wicket haul. OnlyMuttiah Muralitharan (45), Rangana Herath (26), and Anil Kumble (25) are ahead of the spinner.

He is only nine wickets away to claim 400 Test wickets for Indians in the longest format to join the elite club with Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, and Kapil Dev.

Ravichandran Ashwin Surpassed Harbhajan Singh By Taking 268 Wickets At Home

Ravichandran Ashwin further surpassed fellow former spinner, Harbhajan Singh, on the list of bowlers who have registered the highest dismissals in Test cricket in India. The 34-year-old  who has taken 268 wickets at home now jumped to the second spot on the list, pushing Harbhajan Singh who has accounted for 265 dismissals in 55 matches to the third spot.

Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh (TOI Photo)
Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh (TOI Photo)

Anil Kumble leads the list still, having claimed 350 scalps in India. The second Test between India and England is being held at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The opening Test between the two nations was also held at the same venue, with the visitors emerging victorious by a sizeable margin of 227 runs.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
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Ravichandran Ashwin Bags Five-For To Be 2nd Highest Wicket Taker In Tests At Home

Ravichandran Ashwin bagged the wickets of Dom Sibley, Dan Lawrence, and Ben Stokes to go past Harbhajan Singh’s tally on Day 2 of the 2nd Test in Chennai.

Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Sunday went past Harbhajan Singh on the list of most wickets on home soil during Day 2 of the 2nd Test against England in Chennai.

Ravichandran Ashwin And Harbhajan Singh (AFP/Getty Images)
Ravichandran Ashwin And Harbhajan Singh (AFP/Getty Images)

Ravichandran Ashwin Goes Past Harbhajan Singh To Become 2nd Highest Wicket Taker In Tests At Home

Senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Sunday surpassed Harbhajan Singh to become the second-highest wicket-taker in Tests played in India. He got past Harbhajan Singh, who took 265 wickets at an average of 28.76, by dismissing Ben Stokes with a perfect off-spinner on the second day of the second Test against England at Chennai.

Anil Kumble Image Source : PTI
Anil Kumble Image Source: PTI

Former India captain Anil Kumble leads the list with 350 wickets from 62 matches in India which includes 25 five-wicket hauls and 7 10-wicket hauls. Ravichandran Ashwin has picked up his 29th five-for in Test cricket. He now has 266 wickets from 45 matches averaging 22.69 with 22 five-fors and six 10-wicket hauls.

Meanwhile, India seized control of the second test against England on Sunday, posting 329 in their first innings before reducing the tourists to 134 on the second day at Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium.

Axar Patel celebrates the wicket of Joe Root on Day 2, in Chennai.© Twitter/ ICC
Axar Patel celebrates the wicket of Joe Root on Day 2, in Chennai.© Twitter/ICC

England lost in-form captain Joe Root, whose spin proficiency would have been crucial on a pitch offering considerable turn to debutant spinner Axar Patel. Ravichandran Ashwin picked 5 wicket haul while Axar Patel and Ishant Sharma picked 2 scalps apiece. Mohammed Siraj picked the wicket of Ollie Pope while Ben Foakes remained unbeaten on 42.  India lead by 241 runs as they are 46/1 with Shubman Gill dismissed for 14 in 2nd innings.

Earlier, India’s opener Rohit Sharma scored 161 and Ajinkya Rahane complimented him by scoring a valiant 67 as India scored above 300 in a pitch offering turn from the 1st day itself unlike the first Test at the same venue.
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Ishant Sharma Who Bagged 300th Test Wicket Is Bowling A Lot Further: Sunil Gavaskar

Ishant Sharma bagged his 300th Test scalp in the second innings of the ongoing first Test between India and England at Chennai.

Milestone man Ishant Sharma reached a new landmark in his career as he entered the 300 Test wickets club on Day 4 of the ongoing first Test against England in Chennai with the wicket of Daniel Lawrence.

Ishant Sharma  (Photo by Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP)
Ishant Sharma (Photo by Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP)

Ishant Sharma Is Bowling A Lot Further: Sunil Gavaskar

Over the last 2-3 years, Ishant Sharma has re-established himself in the Indian team, having made some technical adjustments in his bowling action. After Ishant Sharma bagged his 300th scalp in the longest format, Sunil Gavaskar highlighted the changes that the lanky speedster has made in his bowling action.

Explaining the tweaks that Ishant Sharma has made in his bowling, Sunil Gavaskar explained that the pacer now bowls a lot further on the wicket than he earlier used to. The change in length is what has made him a better wicket-taking bowler in red-ball cricket.

“He’s bowling a lot further. He was earlier on bowling maybe around 18 inches shorter and so, therefore, was going past the outside edge, beating the batsmen. It was all looking very good but in the wickets column he wasn’t actually showing results,” Gavaskar said during the tea interval on Day 4 of the first Test against Chennai.

Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

“Now that he’s started doing that in the last 2-3 years, this the kind of dismissals he gets – LBW, with the ball keeping low. The further you bowl, the more you get the opportunity to make the bowl move in the air or off the pitch.”

Playing his 98th Test for India, Ishant Sharma bagged three more scalps in the second innings to breach the 300-wicket mark. He had earlier claimed two wickets of Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer in the first innings against England at Chepauk.

Ishant Sharma Joins Elite List Comprising Of Anil Kumble, Kapil Dev, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, And Ravichandran Ashwin

Having entered the 300-wicket club, Ishant Sharma has now joined an elite list consisting of legendary Indian bowlers like Anil Kumble, Kapil Dev, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, and Ravichandran Ashwin.

Zaheer Khan. Image-Sportstar
Zaheer Khan. Image-Sportstar

Over the last three years itself, the lanky pacer has picked 47 wickets in 19 Tests. In comparison, the tall pacer had 172 wickets to his name in 60 Tests in the first 8 years of his career (2010 to 2017). Considering the injury issues he has had of late, the Delhi-born pacer’s figures are truly exceptional.

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