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Feel absolutely nothing: R Ashwin after becoming India’s 3rd highest wicket-taker in Tests

India coach Rahul Dravid drew attention to the manner in which Ashwin has "grown" and "evolved" into a champion off-spinner; calls the feat 'phenomenal'.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: November 29, 2021 6:36:56 pm
AshwinIndia's Ravichandaran Ashwin, right, celebrates the wicket of New Zealand's Tom Latham with his teammate Cheteshwar Pujara. (AP Photo)

India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Monday became India’s third-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket when he picked up the wicket of New Zealand batsman Tom Latham on the final day of the series opener. The match, however, ended in a draw.

After India could not close out the game against New Zealand, Ashwin was asked what the milestone made him feel.

“Absolutely nothing at all. These are milestones that are constantly kept on tab, it’s wonderful. Ever since Rahul bhai has taken over, he’s kept saying how many wickets you take, how many runs you make in 10 years time, you won’t remember them,” Ashwin said.

“It’s the memories that matters so I want to have some special memories going forward in the next 3-4 years,” he added after the drawn game.

India coach Rahul Dravid drew attention to the manner in which Ashwin has “grown” and “evolved” into a champion off-spinner.

“I think it’s a phenomenal achievement. I think you know Harbhajan Singh was a really fine bowler, someone I played a lot of cricket with; terrific bowler for India and what Ashwin has done, to be able to go past him in just 80 Test matches is a phenomenal achievement,” Dravid said at the post-match media conference.

Latham (52 off 146 balls), scored a fine half-century before Ashwin’s delivery from around the wicket kept low and he chopped it onto the stumps.

With that wicket, Ashwin crossed Harbhajan Singh’s tally (417 in 103 games) to become the third-highest wicket-taker for India in the five-day format. Ashwin achieved the landmark in his 80th Test.

“I would like to congratulate Ashwin on his milestone. Well done and hope he wins many more matches for India,” Harbhajan told PTI.

“I never believed in comparisons. We played our best cricket in different times, against different opposition. I had done my best for the country back then and ditto for Ashwin, he did his best now,” the former India spinner said.

Only Anil Kumble and Kapil Dev have taken more wickets for India in the whites than Ashwin (418).

In the same day, Ashwin also became India’s highest wicket-taker in Test cricket against New Zealand by breaking the record of Bishan Singh Bedi. With a couple of wickets in the first session of Day 5, Ashwin now has 58 wickets against Kiwis in his 10th Test (15th innings).  The veteran off-spinner went past Bedi’s tally of 57 wickets from 12 Tests (22 innings) with the wicket of Tom Latham  and Tom Blundell.

(With PTI inputs)

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