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Ashwin surpasses Hadlee, Steyn to achieve 400 Test wickets, becomes 2nd quickest to mark

Dale Steyn and Richard Hadlee had taken 80 Tests to reach 400 wickets. On Thursday, Ashwin joined the club during the Day/Night Test in Motera as he reached the mark in his 77th Test.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: February 25, 2021 6:24:07 pm
ravichandran ashwinRavichandran Ashwin is on 394 Test wickets after his exploits in the 2nd Test. (File Photo/BCCI)

India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin achieved a huge feat on Day 2 of the 3rd Test against England at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad when he dismissed England allrounder Jofra Archer for a duck. The right-hander was trapped on the legs as the Indian team made a huge appeal. The umpire gave it out — but Archer decided to review the call. But the replays showed that the ball was hitting the stumps, and Archer had to walk back.

With the wicket, Ashwin claimed his 400th Test wicket, becoming the 2nd fastest bowler in history to reach the milestone, only after Sri Lanka Muttiah’s Muralitharan. While Muralitharan had taken 73 Tests to reach the milestone, Ashwin took 77 Tests. He surpassed New Zealand pacer Richard Hadlee and South Africa’s Dale Steyn in the list of bowlers quickest to claim 400 Test wickets. Both Hadlee and Steyn had taken 80 Tests to achieve the feat.

Additionally, Ashwin becomes the sixth spinner to take 400 wickets, and is only be the third Indian spinner to get to the mark after Anil Kumble (619) and Harbhajan Singh (417).

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In the course of his match-winning performance in the 2nd Test, Ashwin overtook Harbhajan to become the second most prolific spinner for India at home. He now has 266 victims at home in the longest format of the game in just 45 Tests at an outstanding average of 22.64. Former India captain Anil Kumble leads the list with 350 wickets from 62 matches in India.

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