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Ashwin equals Muralitharan, becomes joint-fastest to reach 350 Test wickets

Ravichandran Ashwin has taken 66 matches to reach into 350 Test wicket milestone.

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Ashwin equals Muralitharan, becomes joint-fastest to reach 350 Test wickets
Ravichandran Ashwin completes 350 Test wickets. Photo: BCCI

India’s spin wizard Ravichandran Ashwin on Sunday has joined Sri Lankan great Muttiah Muralitharan as the fastest bowler to reach 350 Test wickets in the first match against South Africa in Visakhapatnam.

Early in the final day morning of the Test, Ashwin rattled the timbers of overnight unbeaten batsman Theunis de Bruyn for 10 to reach into the milestone in his 66th Test.

Ashwin took just five deliveries to provide India the breakthrough in the fifth day with South Africa chasing an improbable target of 395 runs.

Retired in 2010 with 800 scalps beside his name, Sri Lanka’s all-time great spinner Muralitharan also took the aforementioned number of matches to claim 350 wickets.

The 33-year old Ashwin, who made a comeback to the side with this Test, has so far picked eight wickets in this match including a seven-fer in the first innings which was his 27th five-wicket haul, fifth against South Africa. And with that, Ashwin surpassed Javagal Srinath & Harbhajan Singh who had four each to their name.

Ashwin was also the fastest to reach 300 Test wickets as he took 54 Tests to achieve the feat, breaking Dennis Lillee’s 56-Test mark. He is the fifth Indian bowler to take 300 Test wickets in Tests after Anil Kumble (619), Kapil Dev (434), Harbhajan Singh (417) and Zaheer Khan (311).
S. noPlayerTeamTestsOpposition
1Ravichandran AshwinIndia66South Africa
1Muttiah MuralitharanSri Lanka66Bangladesh
2Richard HadleeNew Zealand69West Indies
2Dale SteynSouth Africa69India
3Dennis LilleeAustralia70Pakistan
4Glenn McGrathAustralia74England
5Malcolm MarshallWest Indies75Australia

 

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