World record: Ashwin becomes fastest bowler to scalp 250 Test wickets

February 12, 2017, 4:06 pm
World record: Ashwin becomes fastest bowler to scalp 250 Test wickets
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World record: Ashwin becomes fastest bowler to scalp 250 Test wickets

World record: Ashwin becomes fastest bowler to scalp 250 Test wickets

It seems there is no stopping for India's premiere off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin from toppling records in Test cricket. On Sunday Ashwin became the fastest bowler to take 250 Test wickets in the world.

The Indian player achieved the milestone in just 45 Test matches surpassing Australian legend Dennis Lillee, who had reached the 250-wicket mark in 48 matches.

Ashwin broke his record in less than 6 years time, while Lillee took 10 years to claim those scalps.

Ashwin needed two wickets before the start of the ongoing one-off Test against Bangladesh at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Hyderabad.

Ashwin scalped all-rounder Shakib al Hasan (82) on third day and then sent back skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (127) in the first session on the penultimate day to achieve the landmark.

The 30-year-old had become the second quickest to gain 200 Test wickets breaking the records set by Pakistan legend Waqar Younis and Dennis Lillee.

Ashwin got the landmark in his 37th Test match, while both Waqar and Lillee did it in 38.

Former Australia leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett who took 200 wickets in just 36 Tests is still holding the No 1 spot.

Ashwin also holds another Indian record of winning the most number of man-of-the-series awards. He has seven such awards in his pocket while Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag have five awards each.

Earlier, India took a lead of 299 runs after Bangladesh were bowled out for 388 in the first innings at lunch on the penultimate day.

For the visitors, skipper Rahim (127), all-rounder Hasan (82) and Mehedi Hasan Miraz (51) were the major contributors for the cause.