Ravichandran Ashwin: Test cricket’s modern-day great

Ravichandran Ashwin
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Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, like always, spun a web around England and reached yet another milestone. The modern-day great, as hailed by Indian captain Virat Kohli, “he is a modern-day legend,” joined the 400th Test wickets club on Thursday. As he picked up Jofra Archer’s wicket in the 3rd Test at Motera, he became the second-fastest bowler to reach the landmark.

Ever since his advent into the senior Indian cricket team, he has been a kryptonite for opponent teams, be it at home or overseas. His phenomenal decade-long career speaks not only about his genius, but also reflects hard work and discipline.

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  1. Club 400: Ashwin became the second quickest to reach the milestone. He bagged 400 wickets in 77 Test matches. He is behind Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan who reached there in 72 matches.
  2. Ashwin is the 16th bowler and fourth Indian to reach the landmark. He is behind Kapil Dev, Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh.
  3. The fastest Indian bowler to reach the milestones of 100 wickets (18), 200 wickets (37) as well as 300 wickets (54).
  4. Ashwin took only 21242 balls to reach the 400-wicket landmark. He is the quickest among six spinners. He is only fourth if you take pacers in account – Dale Steyn, Richard Hadlee, Glenn McGrath and Wasim Akram.
  5. Average of 22.19 in 46 home Tests: Third best average in Tests at home – behind Muttiah Muralitharan and Ravindra Jadeja. (Among spinners with 150-plus wickets).
  6. 29.97 Average in Tests outside India (at least 150 overs bowled) since 2018: Only R Jadeja is ahead of Ashwin with an average of 27.31.
  7. Highest share of Left-Hand Batsmen (200+ wickets): Ashwin has dismissed 205 left handers, the most among 79 Test bowlers. 
  8. Ashwin’s dummy: He has dismissed Ben Stokes 11 times in Tests. The most number of times Ashwin has dismissed any batsman. 
  9. The golden season: Ashwin scalped 82 wickets in 2016-17 – the most by any bowler in a season in Test cricket. He bagged seven five-fers and three ten-wicket hauls. It also included his best innings figures of 7/59 and best match figures of 13/140.
  10.  He has returned with 134 wickets when he has opened with the ball in an innings. Since his debut in November 2011, only nine bowlers have taken more wickets while taking the new ball. None of them are spinners and none have a better average or strike rate than Ashwin.

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