R. Ashwin Becomes 2nd Fastest Bowler To Cross 400 Test Wickets

by Shatakshi Gupta

Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin completed 400 Test wickets.  He achieved this feat in the day-night Test played against England in Ahmedabad. He took 7 wickets in this match. Ashwin has become the number-1 most active wicket-taker in the world. In this case, he left behind Australian spinner, Nathan Lyon.

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Nathan Lyon has taken 399 wickets in 100 Tests so far. He was close to completing 400 wickets in the Test series against India but remained one wicket away. Leon’s wait for Australia’s tour of South Africa has increased. Ashwin is the fourth Indian bowler to take 401 wickets in 77 Tests. Next to him are Harbhajan Singh (417), Kapil Dev (434) and Anil Kumble (613).  Ashwin is currently 17 wickets away, the closest to breaking Harbhajan’s record. He can also break Kapil’s record by the end of this year.

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Became the second-fastest bowler to take 400 wickets

Ashwin has become the second fastest bowler in the world to take 400 Test wickets. He achieved this success in his 77thTest match. Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka occupies the top position in this matter. He had completed 400 wickets in his 72nd Test. The record for the fastest 400 wickets in Test cricket in India was held by former leg-spinner Anil Kumble. He had completed 400 wickets in the 85th Test.

Ashwin’s Test career

Ashwin has taken 222 wickets out of his 400 as a catch out. He bowled 85 players and LBW 84. He got 9 wickets as a stump. In the Test career, Ashwin has bowled out England all-rounder Ben Stokes for the most 11 times. He has dismissed Australian opener David Warner 10 times. Ashwin has taken the wicket of Alastair Cook of England 9 times.

Performance in India

 Ashwin has taken 278 wickets out of 401 in India. He has played 46 Tests so far at home. Indian pitches are more helpful for spinners, so Ashwin gets more success here. In India, he has taken wickets at an average of 22.19. Ashwin has achieved a better average only in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. In Sri Lanka, he has taken 38 wickets in 6 Tests at an average of 21.57. At the same time, he has taken 5 wickets in 19 Tests at an average of 19 in Bangladesh.