Ace India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (418 wickets) surpassed Harbhajan Singh's tally of 417 wickets on Monday. In the process, he became the third-highest wicket-taker for India in Test cricket. Only Kapil Dev (434 wickets) and Anil Kumble (619 wickets) are ahead of him on this list.
Ashwin reached this landmark in his 80th Test match on Monday against New Zealand in Kanpur. Among the top 10 wicket-takers for India in Test cricket, he has the best bowling strike rate and average. He has picked up 418 wickets at an average of 24.53 and a strike rate of 52.7
Fans and former cricketers took notice of Ashwin's feat and took to Twitter to applaud him for his phenomenal achievement. They praised him for displaying outstanding skill, perseverance, and consistency over a long period. Fans hoped that he would pick up many more wickets in the next few years.
Here are some of the best reactions:
I want to have some special memories going forward in the next 3-4 years: Ravichandran Ashwin
Ashwin spoke to the broadcasters after reaching a special milestone in Test cricket today. He revealed that he wants to have some special memories on the field in the coming 3-4 years. He does not want to ponder too much about other things. Speaking after the Test ended in a draw, the 35-year old said:
"Absolutely nothing at all, to be honest (how does it make him feel). I know these are milestones that are constantly kept on tab and it's wonderful. Rahul bhai, ever since he has taken over, he's kept saying the same thing [that] how many ever wickets you take, how many ever runs you make in 10 years time, you won't remember them. It's the memories that matter so I want to have some special memories going forward in the next 3-4 years."
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Ashwin (3/35), Jadeja (4/40) and other Indian bowlers tried their level best on a sluggish pitch in Kanpur. But the resilient New Zealand team managed to draw the match as they ended up with 165/9. Mumbai will now host the second Test, which begins on December 3.