Ravichandran Ashwin, the leading player of the day, has reached unprecedented levels in his career so far. With the ability to change the game in his head, Ashwin has become the ideal man for the team in a short period of time. Ashwin on Monday became the fastest bowler to reach the milestone of 300 test terrains. He achieved the feat in his 54th test, which also resulted in India’s victory with one innings and 239 runs over Sri Lanka in the second test. Ashwin had started bowling in the second chance of Sri Lanka with 296 terrains in his name and ran quickly by the intermediate low order to reach the milestone.
His 300th victim was Lahiru Gamage, who received a doosra. Ashwin has so far maintained a healthy average of 25.15 runs per wicket.
In a video interview published by bcci.tv with fielding coach R Sridhar, Ashwin discussed his trip from his first position to the 300 club.
“There have been a lot of special wickets, I’ll pick some, probably my first Darren Bravo test post will always be special, I’ve fired David Warner a few times, but I would say that among the 300 I’ve taken so far, Warner’s shutter Bangalore on the 2nd of the morning is one of the specials, we must not forget AB de Villiers’ gate in Nagpur in 2015, “said the attacker.
“Kane Williamson four of four was the other special trail I followed, he is not an easy hitter to get fired, Joe Root’s wicket when he got hurt, Alastair Cook in Mohali, while I keep talking about that, I keep getting reminded about this and I’ll talk More and more about layoffs, what’s important for me is to look forward and act, “he said.
When asked about his victim number 100, 200 and 300 in the tests, Ashwin was quick with his answers.
“100th was Darren Sammy (West Indies) in Mumbai, 200th was Kane Williamson (New Zealand) in Kanpur and 300th Lahiru Gamage (Sri Lanka) in Nagpur,” said Ashwin.
With this incredible feat, Ashwin has also broken the record of Australian legend Dennis Lillee. The Australian legend of fast bowling, Lillee, had reached the milestone in 56 games of the test in 1981 and it took 36 years for another bowler to eclipse the record.
Ashwin is also ahead of some of the illustrious names, who had completed the milestone in quick time.
Among them are Muttiah Muralitharan (58 Tests), Richard Hadlee, Malcolm Marshall and Dale Steyn (61 Tests each).
In addition, Ashwin is the fifth Indian bowler to complete 300 races in Tests behind Anil Kumble (619), Kapil Dev (434), Harbhajan Singh (417) and Zaheer Khan (311). The illustrious trio of Bishan Singh Bedi (266), Bhagwat Chandrasekhar (242) and Erapalli Prasanna (189) are far behind the milestone man