Ravichandran Ashwin, the seasoned Indian off-spinner, is just four wickets away from etching his name in the elite 500-wicket club in Test cricket. As India prepares to face England in the second Test in Visakhapatnam, all eyes are on Ashwin, the linchpin of the Indian bowling attack.
Aiming for Milestone 500
With 496 Test wickets under his belt, the 36-year-old cricketer stands on the verge of history. If he claims four more wickets in the upcoming Test, Ashwin will join the legendary Anil Kumble as only the second Indian bowler to achieve the coveted 500-wicket milestone. His pivotal role in the subcontinental conditions has made him a stalwart for the Indian Test team.
Records in Sight
Ashwin's six dismissals in the first Test propelled him closer to the 500-wicket mark. If he achieves this milestone, he will become the fifth spinner in cricket history to reach 500 wickets. The list includes legendary names like Muttiah Muralitharan, Shane Warne, Anil Kumble, and Nathan Lyon.
Century Quest Against England
Known for his dominance against England, Ashwin is on the brink of becoming the first Indian bowler to claim 100 wickets against the English side in Tests. His prowess was evident in the previous Test when he surpassed Kumble's record for most wickets against England.
Home Soil Milestone
Approaching 350 wickets in Tests on home soil, Ashwin is set to become only the second Indian bowler and the fifth overall to achieve this remarkable feat. He is just seven wickets away from reaching this milestone. Interestingly, there's an opportunity for Ashwin to surpass the legendary Anil Kumble, who concluded his career with exactly 350 wickets on Indian soil.
Asian Dominance in Bowling
Beyond the Indian subcontinent, Ashwin has showcased his bowling prowess in Asia. With just seven wickets away, he is on the brink of joining an exclusive group of bowlers who have claimed 400+ wickets in Tests played in Asia. His record includes 343 wickets in India, 38 wickets in Sri Lanka, and 12 wickets in Bangladesh.
In conclusion, Ravichandran Ashwin's journey in the second Test against England is not just about winning the match but also about etching his name in the annals of cricket history. As he pursues the iconic 500-wicket milestone and eyes various records, cricket enthusiasts eagerly await the unfolding of this historic chapter in Ashwin's illustrious career.