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India vs England: Numbers Galore as Ravichandran Ashwin Scales Mt 400

Ravichandran Ashwin became only the fourth bowler to reach 400 Test wickets as he dismissed Jofra Archer in England's second innings in Motera. Meanwhile he also became the second fastest to accomplish this feat. We try and dissect his journey here.

India vs England: Numbers Galore as Ravichandran Ashwin Scales Mt 400

Ravichandran Ashwin became only the fourth bowler to reach 400 Test wickets as he dismissed Jofra Archer in England’s second innings in Motera. Meanwhile he also became the second fastest to accomplish this feat. We try and dissect his journey here:

India vs England: Ravichandran Ashwin Becomes Fourth Indian to Enter 400 Club

*He was the joint 8th fastest bowler to make it to the 50 Test wickets. (9 Tests)

*He was the sixth fastest to 100 Test wickets ( 18 Tests)

* For the 150th Test wicket, he was the joint fifth fastest. (9 Tests)

* He was the 3rd fastest to the 200 Test wickets. (37 Tests)

* He was fastest to 250 Test wickets. (45 Tests)

* He was fastest to 300 Test wickets. (54 Tests)

* He was joint fastest to 350 Test wickets. (66 Tests)

* He was second fastest to 400 Test wickets. (77 Tests)

Only Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan was ahead of him who did it in 72 Tests. Besides this he was the just the fourth Indian to make it to 400 club. Anil Kumble, Kapil Dev and Harbhajan Singh being the other ones. He is also the sixth spinner to enter this club. Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne, Anil Kumble, Rangana Herath and Harbhajan Singh are the other ones.

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On a wicket that helped spinners right from the start, it looked that it would only be a matter of time before R. Ashwin would reach his tally of 400 Test wickets in England’s second innings on the second day of the third Test here.

By the 24th over of England’s second innings, he had claimed his third wicket to get to the milestone despite struggling for his line early on as left-arm spinner Axar Patel ran through England’s top-order.

He finished with innings figures of four for 48 and match figures of seven for 74 as England were bowled out for 81.

The 34-year-old bowler is the second quickest after Muttiah Muralitharan (72) to get to 400 Test wicket mark. This is Ashwin’s 77th Test match.

The off-spinner, who took three wickets in the first innings, needed six scalps ahead of this Test to get to 400 which has been breached (among Indians) only by former pace bowler Kapil Dev (434), former leg-spinner Anil Kumble (619) and former off-spinner Harbhajan Singh (417 wickets) before.

(With Agencies)



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