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Team India’s off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin can touch the 400-wicket milestone during the third Test against England starting on February 24. If that happens, he will become the fastest bowler to reach 400 wickets after Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka. Muralitharan had completed 400 wickets in the 72nd Test. Ashwin has taken 394 wickets in 76 Tests so far.
Indian record named for Anil Kumble
The fastest Indian to reach 400 wickets in Test cricket is former leg-spinner Anil Kumble. Kumble had completed 400 wickets in the 85th Test. Kumble overall ranks fifth. Muralitharan is followed by New Zealand’s Richard Hadlee (80th Test), South Africa’s Dale Steyn (80th Test) and Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath (84th Test).
Ashwin will become the number-1 active spinner
If Ashwin completes his 400th wicket at Motera, he will become the highest Test wicket-taker active spinner currently. Australia’s Nathan Lyon leads the spinners. Lion has taken 399 wickets in 100 Test matches. Lion was close to completing 400 wickets during the India-Australia Test series but remained one wicket away. The wait for Lion has increased due to the cancellation of Australia’s South Africa tour.
Ashwin’s slowest 100 wickets
Ashwin took his 100th wicket in the 18th match in a Test career. It took him 19 Tests to reach 100 to 200 wickets. He took just 17 Tests to reach 200 to 300 wickets. He had completed 300 wickets in the 54th Test. In this way, Ashwin will complete the last 100 wickets at the slowest speed. He has played 22 Test matches and since taking his 300th wicket.
Have taken 271 wickets in India
Ashwin has taken 271 wickets in India out of 394 wickets. He has played 45 Test matches at home grounds. Indian pitches are more helpful for spinners, so Ashwin gets more success here. In India, he has taken wickets at an average of 22.49. 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 five wickets at an average of 19 in 1 Test in Bangladesh.
Harbhajan Singh’s record can be broken this year
Ashwin has a chance to overtake Harbhajan Singh this year. Harbhajan has taken 417 wickets in 103 Test matches in his Test career. If that happens, he will become India’s third most successful bowler and the second most successful spinner. The most wickets from India have been taken by leg-spinner Anil Kumble (619 wickets in 132 Tests). Fast bowler Kapil Dev (434 wickets in 131 Tests) is in second place.