- After Harbhajan, Ashwin became the third highest wicket-taker in Test cricket
- Harbhajan Singh has taken 417 wickets in 103 Tests while Ashwin has taken 418 wickets in 80 Tests.
- For India, Anil Kumble was the fastest with 619 wickets and Kapil Dev was the fastest with 434 wickets
Legendary spinner Anil Kumble holds the record for most Test wickets for India. Kumble was 619 wickets quick. India’s first World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev is second on the list with 434 wickets.
Ashwin has now broken Harbhajan Singh’s record of 417 wickets. The 35-year-old Ashwin has taken 418 wickets in 80 matches. While Harbhajan Singh took 417 wickets in 103 matches.
Ashwin equaled Harbhajan Singh’s record by dismissing New Zealand opener Will Young in the second innings. On the final day of the match, Ashwin became India’s third most successful bowler in a Test with the wicket of his fellow opener Tom Latham on Monday.
After breaking his own record, Harbhajan Singh congratulated Ashwin on Twitter. Harbhajan tweeted, “Congratulations to Ashwin for his achievement. Wonderful and hopefully he will win as many matches as possible for India.
“I never believe in comparisons,” Harbhajan said. We both played the best cricket at different times and against different teams. I have done my best for the country and the same for Ashwin, now he is doing the best.
Ashwin has become the fourth Indian bowler to take more than 400 wickets in a Test. He is also the 13th highest wicket-taker in Test cricket. Before Harbhajan, Ashwin overtook Pakistan’s fast bowler Wasim Akram (414).
Ashwin is also the third highest wicket-taker among the Test cricketers currently playing. Ahead of him are two veteran England bowlers. James Anderson is first with 632 wickets and Stuart Broad is second with 524 wickets.
Ashwin made his Test debut against the West Indies in Delhi in November 2011. Apart from bowling brilliantly in Tests, he has also done useful batting. He has scored 2685 runs in Tests. He has also taken 150 wickets in 111 ODIs and 61 wickets in 51 T20s.