After team India’s rare middle-order collapse on day 2 of the ongoing pink-ball Test match, R Ashwin and Axar Patel joined hands to help team India stage a fightback at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad.
As a result, the England cricket team was bundled up for 81 runs. While Ashwin picked 4 wickets, on the other hand, Axar Patel picked another fifer, as they together gave a hard-time to the England cricket team.
Ravi Ashwin, who has become the backbone of the bowling attack for the Indian cricket team, not only inspired a remarkable comeback for team India but also achieved a milestone in his already glorious career.
On Thursday, as Ashwin dismissed Jofra Archer, he became the second-fastest bowler to claim 400 wickets in the longest format of the game. Before Ashwin, the first cricketer to do so is Muttiah Muralitharan. While Muralitharan achieved this milestone in 72 matches, on the other hand, Ashwin was able to do this in 77 tests.
Not just this, Ashwin is also the fourth Indian bowler to take 400 wickets in the longest format of the game. Before Ashwin, former cricketers Anil Kumble (619), Kapil Dev (434), and spin wizard Harbhajan Singh (417) have joined the 400-club in the longest format.
Meanwhile, as soon as Ashwin picked his 400th wicket and achieved this milestone social media was already flooded with amazing reactions and tributes for the Indian cricketer. From legendary Sachin Tendulkar to Harsha Bhogle, several cricketers and fans took to their social media and hailed the brilliance of Ravi Ashwin.
Here, check out the reactions of Twitterati on this:
Well done, keep it up @ashwinravi99.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 25, 2021
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) February 25, 2021
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 25, 2021
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) February 25, 2021
For 400 wickets, all bowlers will take a bow.
Ashwin went one step more. He took Archer.
— K Balakumar (@kbalakumar) February 25, 2021
Great cricketer @ashwinravi99 !! #400
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 25, 2021
400 wickets for Ravi Ashwin in Tests with 29 five-wicket haul & 7 ten-wicket haul – fourth Indian to complete the milestone after Kumble, Kapil Dev and Harbhajan – One of the greatest ever in the Indian cricket history.
Take a bow, Ashwin. pic.twitter.com/Q2ptsGtyy4
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) February 25, 2021
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) February 25, 2021
Well done @ashwinravi99 on reaching 400 wickets .Phenomenal! Congratulations on a fantastic achievement. Great going, keep it up! 👍🏽
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) February 25, 2021
What a terrific bowling on display!
The spinners are turning everything into gold!!
10 wickets for @akshar2026 while @ashwinravi99 completes 400 Test wickets.
Hope not many people have bought tickets for 4th & 5th day #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/nrAYyEKetx
— DK (@DineshKarthik) February 25, 2021
— Surya Kumar Yadav (@surya_14kumar) February 25, 2021
Who’d have thought Ravichandran Ashwin would beat Nathan Lyon to 400 Test wickets? He started the Australia-India series on 365 to Lyon’s 390. Lyon will be stuck on 399 for quite some time. #INDvENG
— Andrew Wu (@wutube) February 25, 2021
Big congratulations Ash on your 400 test wickets. Next destination 500 @ashwinravi99
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) February 25, 2021
Great bowler. Period. 400 test wickets. @ashwinravi99
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 25, 2021