Ravichandran Ashwin becomes the fastest to reach 300 Test wickets

first_imgRavichandran Ashwin became the fastest to reach 300 Test wickets, taking just 54 matches to get there. The record was earlier held by Australian pace bowling great Dennis Lillee who had reached the milestone in 56 Tests. Lahiru Gamage was his record 300th scalp, as the ball tickled the off stumps enough to dislodge the bails, as India won the second Test at Nagpur by an innings and 239 runs.Ashwin, who made his debut for India in November 2011, has been India’s main strike bowler in Test cricket over the last three years. The Tamil Nadu off-spinner has not been a regular in India’s limited-overs squads but he Virat Kohli’s go-to-man in Test cricket.300 Test wickets for Ashwin #Ash300 pic.twitter.com/805tJmvoEw- BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 2017After having little to do in seaming conditions during the Kolkata Test, Ashwin came to his own in Nagpur where India dominated Sri Lanka on all four days. He first took four wickets in the first innings and then ran through the lower order as the visitors hurtled towards a massive defeat.Ashwin’s career graph spiked after an indifferent 2014 where he picked only 10 wickets in 2014. 300th Test wicket for @ashwinravi99 and #TeamIndia take a 1-0 lead in the 3-match Test series. India seal the 2nd Test in Nagpur by an innings and 239 runs #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/mq56alEczD- BCCI (@BCCI) November 27, 2017For two successive years in 2015 and 2016, Ashwin finished as the top wicket-taker in Test cricket. He snared 62 wickets in nine Tests in 2015 and pocketed another 72 from 12 Tests the following year.advertisementHe has so far picked over 50 Tests wickets again this year might well finish on top for the third year in a row if he has a big haul in Delhi next week.Incidentally, Ashwin had also broken Lillee’s record to become the fastest to 250 Test wickets, during the one-off Test against Bangladesh earlier this year.However, Ashwin remains second fastest to 200 Test wickets after missing an opportunity to equal the mark by one match.Clarrie Grimmett of Australia had reached the 200-wicket club in 36 Tests while Ashwin got there in 37. Lillee is third on the list, having reached the milestone in 38 Tests.last_img