India’s off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin became the fastest Indian bowler to reach the 400 Test Wickets mark on Thursday.
Ravichandran Ashwin is playing his 77th test & was at 397 wickets at the end of England’s first innings of the ongoing third test & dismissed England’s batsmen Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope & Jofra Archer in the second innings to reach the milestone. Ashwin is currently behind Sri-Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan in the list of fastest players to reach the 400 test wickets mark. Muralitharan reached the mark in 72 matches. Other Indian bowlers who have scalped 400 Test wickets are Anil Kumble (619), Kapil Dev (434) and Harbhajan Singh (417).
Ravichandran Ashwin opened his wickets account in the second innings by trapping Stokes LBW & then followed it by removing Ollie Pope. Ashwin reach the 400th Test wicket by removing Jofra Archer who missed an expensive sweep shot as the ball hit him low on the pad. India appealed and the on-field umpire gave it out. Ashwin’s moment was interrupted with Archer reviewing the decision but DRS showed three reds & there Ashwin reached his 400 Test wickets mark. Ravichandran Ashwin scalped three wickets in England’s first innings where England was bowled out for 112.
Ashwin has been in a good form with both ball & bat in the ongoing series by picking up 23 wickets in the series & scored 176 runs including a century in the second innings of the second test. He became the fourth highest wicket taker for India in International Cricket on Day 1 of the third test by surpassing Zaheer Khan’s total of 597 wickets. In addition to 400 Test wickets, Ashwin has 150 wickets in ODIs and 52 in T20Is since his International debut in 2010.