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Ashwin checks another milestone

Sitam Chaki

When R Ashwin dismissed Ross Taylor in the 45th over at Holkar, he crossed Ishant Sharma in the tally of test match wickets. In the process, Ashwin became the 8th highest all time test match wicket taker for India.

Earlier, in the series, Ashwin had become the second fastest man to 200 test match wockets, after Australia’s Clarrie Grimmett. Grimmett, incidentally, played in the 1920s and 30s and was a contemporary of Sir Donald Bradman.

Ashwin’s bowling average and strike rate, is by and far the best among all Indian cricketers who have captured a significant number of wickets.  At the time of writing Ashwin has captured 4 wickets in the New Zealand 1st innings.

Before this match Ashwin had 207 wickets in 38 matches. His average and strike rate stood at 25.14 and 51.4 respectively. At the same time, it is true that Ashwin has bagged the majority of his wickets in the subcontinent.

Although it is unfair to compare, Ishant Sharma has 209 wickets in 72 matches at 36.71. With his third wicket, Ashwin moved to 210 wickets, thus crossing Ishant.

Currently, Bishen Bedi is 5th on the list of highest wicket takers. The maverick left arm spinner had 266 wickets in 67 matches at 28.71. At the start of this match, Ashwin was 60 wickets behind.

With a long home season ahead, including 10 test matches after this, it is possible that Ashwin could cross Bedi by that time.

Anil Kumble13261929.65
Kapil Dev13143429.64
Harbhajan Singh10341732.46
Zaheer Khan9231132.94
Bishen Singh Bedi6726628.71
BS Chandrasekhar5824229.74
Javagal Srinath6723630.49
R Ashwin39*21124.90
Ishant Sharma7220736.71
EAS Prasanna4918930.38

Table: List of highest test match wicket takers for India

*The current match, Ashwin’s 39th, is still in progress.

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