Ravichandran Ashwin has now achieved the unique double of scoring 1000-plus runs and picking in excess of 100 wickets against England across formats.
INDIAN CRICKET has been slow to warm up to Ravichandran Ashwin’s quality and utility. He was the fastest Indian bowler to reach 100 and 200 Test wickets but was called a spin-track bully. He had scored four Test hundreds, before his fifth at Chepauk Monday, but due credit didn’t arrive. In fact, he was dropped from India’s one-day team after the 2017 Champions Trophy for being one-dimensional.
In the ongoing second Test, Ashwin showed the England spinners how to bowl on a turner. On the third day, after India suffered a top-order collapse in the morning, he showed the tourists how to bat on this surface without complaining about the conditions. The 34-year-old has now also become the second-highest wicket taker in home Tests with 268 scalps, surpassing Harbhajan Singh (265). Kumble, with 350 wickets, leads the charts. Ashwin, meanwhile, is also only nine wickets away from reaching the 400-wickets mark in Test cricket.
Meanwhile his fan bases on the internet for Aswin have been sharing memes and greetings.