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Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
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Ramiz Raja Terms Ravichandran Ashwin As A “One-off Genius”

Ramiz Raja has termed Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin a “one-off genius” and observed that a bowler like him does not come very often.

Ravichandran Ashwin has scalped 409 wickets in the 78 Tests he has played for India, at an excellent average of 24.69. The lanky off-spinner is also the second-fastest to take 400 wickets in the longest format of the game, with the 77 Tests he took to achieve the milestone behind only the 72 taken by Muttiah Muralitharan.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Ramiz Raja: Ravichandran Ashwin Is An Amazing Off-spinner

During a discussion on India News about the potent Indian bowling attack for the World Test Championship (WTC) final, Ramiz Raja spoke in glowing terms about Ravichandran Ashwin.

“Ashwin is an amazing off-spinner. He has the floater, he spins the ball, delivers the ball from different angles and is intelligent. A one-off genius like him comes very rarely. So you should value him a lot,” said Raja.

Mohammad Hafeez Image courtesy of: ESPNcricinfo
Mohammad Hafeez Image courtesy of ESPNcricinfo

On being asked about Pakistan having not produced quality off-spinners after the likes of Saqlain Mushtaq and Saeed Ajmal, the cricketer-turned-commentator highlighted that the ban on the ‘Doosra’ has made such bowlers ineffective.

“The two individuals you talked about, they had based their greatness on the Doosra. Since the time the Doosra has been sidelined, the spinners have to show themselves like Ashwin,” observed Raja.

The likes of Saeed Ajmal, Shane Shillingford, Sunil Narine, and Sachithra Senanayake have faced bans in the past due to excessive bends in their bowling arms. Even Mohammad Hafeez has been stopped from bowling on multiple occasions due to an illegal bowling action.

Ramiz Raja Feels Ravichandran Ashwin Can Break Muttiah Muralitharan’s Record Of Most Test Scalps

Ramiz Raja replied in the affirmative when asked if off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin can break Muttiah Muralitharan’s record of the most Test wickets. Ravichandran Ashwin still needs almost 400 wickets to breach Muttiah Muralitharan’s record.

“The pace at which he has been taking wickets, I feel he can break the record as well if he remains fit. His greatness is that he adjusts his bowling according to the different conditions,” said Ramiz Raja.

Ramiz Raja Image courtesy of: ARY Sports
Ramiz Raja Image courtesy of ARY Sports

The former Pakistan player signed off by stating that Ravichandran Ashwin has proved that an off-spinner can be an attacking bowler even without employing the ‘Doosra’ as a variation.

“It is very difficult to be an attacking off-spinner when you do not have the Doosra. The art of off-spin changed from defensive to attacking because of the Doosra. Ashwin has so many varieties, even without the Doosra he tests the technique of the batsmen with different angles.

“He is mentally strong, has been doing captaincy, has the idea when to attack and when to be defensive. It is difficult to bowl with the fielders up and he is very accurate,” concluded Ramiz Raja.

Ravichandran Ashwin has just crossed the halfway mark of Muttiah Muralitharan‘s tally of 800 Test wickets. It will require a herculean effort from the 34-year-old to break the Sri Lankan spinner’s record considering his age. Ravichandran Ashwin is the fastest Indian bowler (also in some records the joint-fastest in the world) to reach the 400-wicket mark in Test cricket in terms of the number of innings.

In 2016, he became the third Indian to win the ICC Cricketer of the Year award. He is currently the highest-ranked spinner in Test cricket and the highest-ranked Test bowler for India on the ICC Player Rankings. He is ranked 2nd Test bowler with 850 rating points.  Among all-rounders in Test, he is ranked 4th currently with 353 rating points.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
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Brad Hogg Backs Ravichandran Ashwin To Surpass Muttiah Muralitharan’s Record 800 Test Scalps

Brad Hogg has backed veteran Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to surpass Muttiah Muralitharan’s record of 800 Test scalps if he continues to pick up wickets at the current rate.

Muttiah Muralitharan’s world record of 800 Test wickets is a rare feat but not one that may last forever, reckons Brad Hogg. The former Australia wrist-spinner has backed veteran Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to surpass Muttiah Muralitharan’s record if he continues to pick up wickets at the current rate.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Brad Hogg Reckons Ravichandran Ashwin May Break Muttiah Muralitharan’s Record Of Maximum 800 Test Wickets

Brad Hogg feels Ravichandran Ashwin, 34, who can carry on for another eight years in Tests, is very much capable of going past 600 Test wickets, and if things work in his favour, breaking Muttiah Muralitharan’s record is not something Hogg feels is impossible.

“I think he will probably play till 42 in Tests. I think his batting might drop off but he’ll be more lethal with the ball by the time passing by. I can see him pushing 600+ Test wickets at least. He might even break Muttiah Muralitharan’s record (of 800 Test wickets) as well,” Hogg told Timesnownews.com.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Muttiah Muralitharan. (Getty Images)
Ravichandran Ashwin and Muttiah Muralitharan. (Getty Images)

Ravichandran Ashwin has played 78 Test matches for India in which he’s picked up 409 wickets at an average of 24.69. Currently, he is placed fourth in the list of India’s leading wicket-takers behind Anil Kumble, Kapil Dev, and Harbhajan Singh.

Anil Kumble currently holds the record for most wickets by an Indian in Test (619 in 132 matches). Overall, Ravichandran Ashwin is currently the fourth-highest wicket-taker for India, behind Anil Kumble, former Indian captain Kapil Dev (434 wickets), and Harbhajan Singh (417 wickets).

Brad Hogg: Ravichandran Ashwin Is Adaptable And Hungry For Success Becoming Successful Recently

Furthermore, he has picked as many as 30 five-wicket hauls and seven ten-wicket hauls in a match, making him one of the best spinners to ever play the game and arguably the greatest finger spinner of the modern era. One of the many reasons behind Ravichandran Ashwin’s success, Brad Hogg reckons is how he has mastered the art of bowling all around the world.

“The reason why I think he’s so good because he is adaptable and his hunger of continuing to grow up as a cricketer. He also played county cricket to get used to England conditions and that’s how he has become so successful especially in recent years,” Hogg added.

Brad Hogg (PTI Photo)
Brad Hogg (PTI Photo)

On the other hand, Ravichandran Ashwin has 409 wickets from 78 Tests and Brad Hogg feels should the 34-year-old manage to play in his early 40s, the record would be his for the taking.

Muttiah Muralitharan is widely regarded as one of the greatest spinners to have played the game and he took a whopping 800 wickets during his Test career which is the most by any in the format’s rich history. Shane Warne, another legend of the game, is the second in the list with 708 wickets with Anil Kumble completing the top-three having taken 619 scalps.

In the Border-Gavaskar Trophy down under in 2020/21, Ravichandran Ashwin played the innings of his life to rescue India from the jaws of defeat. In the third Test at Sydney, India was 272/5, while chasing 407, when the spin all-rounder joined hands with Hanuma Vihari, who was suffering from a hamstring injury, and the duo batted for 43 overs, as the spinner, who was himself suffering from serious back spasm, played cautiously and scored 39 runs off 128 deliveries to draw the third Test match.

In the home series against England, Ravichandran Ashwin scored his 5th Test ton on a turning track of Chepauk. In the same series, he picked up his 400th wicket in Test matches and finished the series with 32 wickets to get the player of the series award.

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England Vs Pakistan 2020, 3rd Test: James Anderson Becomes First Pacer To Claim 600 Test Wickets

On Tuesday (25th August), the 38-year-old England right-arm pacer James Anderson finally created the much-awaiting history as he became the first pacer to claim 600 Test wickets. He also became the fourth bowler but slowest bowler (in terms of the number of matches) to achieve this feat.

Ahead of the final day of the third and final Test of the series between the England and Pakistan at Southampton, James Anderson was stuck with 599 Test wickets. Due to the rain interruption, the start of the final day was delayed hugely. While it was the last day for England’s ongoing home Test summer, Anderson had to wait for a longer period if the final day was totally washed out in the rain.

James Anderson, 600 Test wickets, first pacer
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James Anderson completed his 600 Test wickets after dismissing Azhar Ali

In the early of the delayed final day, Anderson achieved his magic figure after dismissing Pakistan Test skipper Azhar Ali (31 runs). English Test captain Joe Root grabbed that catch at the lone slip.

James Anderson, 600 Test wickets, first pacer
James Anderson (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Playing his 156th Test match, James Anderson completed his 600 Test wickets. While he became the first pacer in Test cricket history to claim 600 wickets, he also became the fourth bowler overall to achieve 600 Test wickets. However, the veteran English right-arm pacer is the slowest bowler to claim 600 Test wickets.

Bowlers with 600 Test wickets

Player Matches Test wickets
Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka/ICC World Xi) 133 800
Shane Warne (Australia) 145 708
Anil Kumble (India) 132 619
James Anderson 156 600

While this final Test match of the series had the draw result (England – 583/8 decl; Pakistan – 273 & 187/4 f/o) and England won the three-match series by 1-0, Anderson finished with 600 wickets in 156 Tests. He bagged a total of seven wickets in this Test (5/56 & 2/45), including registering his 29th Test fifer during Pakistan’s first innings.

Fastest players to claim 600 Test wickets

Player Matches to complete 600 Test wickets
Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka/ICC World Xi) 101
Anil Kumble (India) 124
Shane Warne (Australia) 126
James Anderson (England) 156

James Anderson is the most wicket-taker for England in international cricket. After making his international debut in December 2002, the right-arm pacer has taken 887 international wickets, and he is currently the sixth most wicket-taker in international cricket history. Anderson is also the most wicket-taker for England in ODI cricket as he has taken 269 ODI wickets.

James Anderson, 600 Test wickets, first pacer
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James Anderson completing his every 50 Test wickets

Timeline Completing every 50 Test wickets Test match number
July 2007 50th Test wicket 17
August 2008 100th Test wicket 29
January 2010 150th Test wicket 45
December 2010 200th Test wicket 55
March 2012 250th Test wicket 67
May 2013 300th Test wicket 81
June 2014 350th Test wicket 93
May 2015 400th Test wicket 104
May 2016 450th Test wicket 115
September 2017 500th Test wicket 129
August 2018 550th Test wicket 140
August 2020 600th Test wicket 156