Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has scripted history by becoming the second-fastest player to reach the milestone of 400 Test wickets, surpassing Sir Richard Hadlee and Dale Steyn to acquire the second spot in the 400 Test wickets club.
Ashwin crossed the benchmark on Thursday, during the second innings of England in the third Test of the four-match Test series between India and England at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Ashwin hunted down Jofra Archer as his 400th wicket.
It required Ashwin only 77 matches, five matches short of Sri Lankan legendary spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, who is the fastest player to clinch 400 wickets in the longest format of the game in 72 matches. The third and the fourth rankers, Hadlee and Steyn, reached the massive landmark in 80 matches.
With his latest achievement, the 34-year old has included his name in the list of the elite Indian players by becoming the fourth Indian after Anil Kumble (619), Kapil Dev (417), and Harbhajan Singh (434) to have 400 Test wickets under his belt.
In the third match of the series in Ahmedabad, Ashwin dismissed seven wickets, three in the first innings of the visitors and four in the second, helping the hosts bundle them out in 112 and 81 runs in the innings, respectively. By completing his 394 wickets in the last match, he required only six wickets to get to the milestone.