Ravichandran Ashwin becomes joint-fastest to take 250 wickets at home
India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has become the joint-fastest with Muttiah Muralitharan to take 250 Test wickets at home, getting there in 42 Tests on Thursday, November 14 at Holkar Stadium in Indore.
India faced Bangladesh in the first of a two-match Test series. Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat first. Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took two wickets in the field before the second session. He took two important wickets of Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque and Mahmudullah Riyad.
Ashwin bowled Mominul in the 38th over of the innings. And Ashwin made a great milestone by taking this wicket. He took 250th wicket and 358th wicket of career. And with that wicket, he touched the record of Sri Lankan great Muttiah Muralitharan.
Mominul got away scoring 37 runs. After that, Mahmudullah was also bowled by Ashwin after scoring just 10 runs. The spinner’s wicket has increased to 251 as he plays his 42th Test in India. Indian legendary spinner Anil Kumble took 250th wicket in his 43th Test at home ground. Ashwin surpassed Kumble against Bangladesh today.
Muralitharan was placed at no. 1 in the list till now for taking 250 wickets in just 42 Tests at home ground. Ashwin had entered his name in the record book in an equal match today. Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath took 43 matches, South Africa pacer Dale Steyn took 49 matches and India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh took 51 matches to reach the 250-wicket milestone at home ground.
Ashwin became the third bowler in India after Kumble (350) and Harbhajan (265), who took 250 wickets in the Test. Ashwin is tenth bowler overall to achieve the milestone of picking up 250 wickets on home soil.