India’s ace bowler Ravichandran Ashwin is one of the greatest spin bowlers of all time. The experienced cricketer has been like the backbone of the Indian bowling line-up for a long time now. In his stunning career so far, Ashwin has achieved several milestones. He is on the verge of both equaling breaking several absolute greats of the game in terms of most wickets in Test cricket.
Currently playing in the ongoing 1st Test match against New Zealand, Ravi Ashwin carried on with his record-breaking run in the longest format of the game as he added another feather to his already glorious hat.
Ravi Ashwin, who was playing his 80th Test against New Zealand in Kanpur, equaled former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram (414 wickets) in the list of most wickets in the longest format of the game.
Ashwin achieved this milestone on Day 3 of the ongoing 1st Test match against New Zealand when he dismissed the first wicket of the day — Zealand opening batter Will Young (95). This wicket also gave a major breakthrough to the Indian side as it helped in breaking a 151-run opening partnership between Young and Tom Latham (89).
Further, Ashwin is just one wicket away to surpass Wasim Akram in this elite list and is only four wickets away from surpassing veteran Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh (417 wickets). If he adds eight more wickets, he will surpass former South Africa captain Shaun Pollock (421) in this list.
Ravi Ashwin, who is currently in a red-hot avatar, entered the ongoing match at the Green Park as the 15th highest wicket-taker in Tests but if picks eight more wickets to outshine Pollock, he will end this series as the 11th highest wicket-taker in the Test history.