Star all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin has been in a red-hot form off-lately. On Thursday, R Ashwin added another feather to his already illustrious cap as he went past the World Cup winning skipper Kapil Dev to become the third-highest wicket-taker for team India in international cricket.
R Ashwin Broke Kapil Dev’s Big Record
On Day 2 of the ongoing third Test match, Ashwin surpassed Kapil Dev, who had 687 wickets in 448 innings for India. Ashwin had to wait a long time to get a bowl on Day 2 of the 3rd Test against Australia at the Holkar Stadium in Indore on Thursday. However, Ashwin didn’t take long to get into the action.
Ashwin provided a much-needed breakthrough to India by breaking the stubborn stand between Peter Handscomb and Cameron Green to open the flood-gates for India on the second day as Australia lost their last six wickets for just 12 runs.
Ashwin dismissed Handscomb for his 1st wicket of the Test match, with Shreyas taking a stunning catch at short-leg. Handscomb’s wicket was also Ashwin’s 687th international wicket, drawing him level with the legendary Kapil Dev.
Kapil Dev had taken 687 wickets in 56 matches while Ashwin equaled the tally in just 269 games. Ashwin surpassed Kapil Dev with his 688th scalp in his 347th innings after trapping Alex Carey in front of the wickets for lbw.
𝘉𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘬 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘳𝘥 𝘰𝘯𝘤𝘦 – 𝘈𝘴𝘩𝘸𝘪𝘯 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦! 💙
Ashwin surpassed Kapil Dev's tally of 6️⃣8️⃣7️⃣ International Wickets today to become the 3️⃣rd Highest Wicket taker for India! 👏 #Legends#INDvAUS #BorderGavaskarTrophy pic.twitter.com/nd10OgrwYi
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Most wickets for India across formats (innings):
- Anil Kumble – 953 wickets in 401 matches
- Harbhajan Singh – 707 wickets in 365 matches
- R Ashwin – 689 wickets in 269 matches
- Kapil Dev – 687 wickets in 356 matches
- Zaheer Khan – 597 wickets 303 matches
Ashwin returned with a three-wicket haul to help India make a sensational comeback by packing up Australia for 197 on the second day of the third Test at the Holkar Cricket Stadium against Australia in Indore on Thursday. India was able to limit the visitors’ lead thanks to Ashwin’s performance, which included the wickets of Peter Handscomb, Carey, and Nathan Lyon.