Ashwin became the fastest man to reach 250 wickets and 2000 runs in Test cricket. He took only 51 Test matches to do it. Hadlee had taken 54 Tests to achieve the feat. Sir Ian Botham and Imran Khan took one match more each.
Ashwin scored yet another half-century in Tests. He brought up his 11th fifty in the second day. Before this match, he required 50 runs more to complete 2000 Test runs. He scored 54 runs off 92 balls including 4 fours and a six in the first innings of the second Test of the series.
The all-rounder took two wickets later in the day too. He dismissed Upul Tharanga in his first over in the innings. Soon, he got the wicket of Dimuth Karunaratne.
Ashwin has now 2004 runs with four hundreds and 281 wickets with 25 five-wicket hauls in 51* Tests. He is itching closer to 300 Test wickets. He is the fourth Indian to have more than 2000 runs and 250 wickets in Tests and 15th player overall.
Fastest to 2000 runs and 250 wickets in Tests:
Ravichandran Ashwin (India) – 51 Tests
Sir Richard Hadlee (New Zealand) – 54 Tests
Shaun Pollock (South Africa) – 60 Tests
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com